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The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil [Paperback]

Chris McGowan , Ricardo Pessanha
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22 Jan 1998
At the second International Song Festival in 1967, Milton Nascimento had three songs accepted for competition. He had no intention of performing them he hated the idea of intense competition. In fact, Nascimento might never have appeared at all if Eumir Deodato hadn't threatened not to write the arrangements for his songs if he didn't perform at least two of them. Nascimento went on to win the festival's best performer award, all three of his songs were included soon afterward on his first album, and the rest is history. This is only one anecdote from "The Brazilian Sound", an encyclopedic survey of Brazilian popular music that ranges over samba, bossa nova, MPB, jazz and instrumental music and tropical rock, as well as the music of the Northeast.The authors have interviewed a wide variety of performers like Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Carlinhos Brown, and Airto Moreira, U.S. fans, like Lyle Mays, George Duke, and Paul Winter, executive Andre Midani; and music historian Zuza Homem de Mello, just to name a few. First published in 1991, "The Brazilian Sound" received enthusiastic attention both in the United States and abroad. For this new edition, the authors have expanded their examination of the historical roots of Brazilian music, added new photographs, amplified their discussion of social issues like racism, updated the maps, and added a new final chapter highlighting the most recent trends in Brazilian music. The authors have expanded their coverage of the axe music movement and included profiles of significant emerging artists like Marisa Monte, Chico Cesar, and Daniela Mercury. Clearly written and lavishly illustrated with 167 photographs, "The Brazilian Sound" is packed with facts, explanations, and fascinating stories.For the Latin music aficionado or the novice who wants to learn more, the book also provides a glossary, a bibliography, and an extensive discography containing 1,000 entries. Author note: Chris McGowan was a contributing writer and columnist for Billboard from 1984 to 1996 and pioneered that publication's coverage of Brazilian and world music in the mid-1980s. He has written about the arts and other subjects for "Musician", "The Beat", the "Hollywood Reporter", the "Los Angeles Times", "L. A Weekly", and the "Los Angeles Reader".He is the author of "Entertainment in the Cyber Zone: Exploring the Interactive Universe of Multimedia" (1995) and was a contributor to "The Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture" (1996). Ricardo Pessanha has worked as a teacher, writer, editor, and management executive for CCAA, one of Brazil's leading institutes of English-language education. He has served as a consultant to foreign journalists and scholars on numerous cultural projects relating to Brazil. He has contributed articles about Brazilian music to "The Beat" and other publications.

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  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.; New Ed edition (22 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566395453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566395458
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 17.7 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 987,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book, the first of its kind, is much more than a pioneering work...The Brazilian Sound is both an enthusiastic introduction for the newcomer and a thoughtful analysis for the confirmed fan." --Alan Ryan, The Beat "An informed, useful introduction to Brazilian music." --Fernando Gonzalez, Boston Globe "A great panoramic description of the whole Brazilian musical scene." --Antonio Adolfo, Brazilian composer and music teacher "An excellent book." --Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times "[T]his book has been revised and expanded again to be bigger and better than the previous highly praised incarnations. Ten years on, the music is still evolving, with many new artists and hybridizations, and McGowan and Pessanha are certainly keeping up with the changes. Their book features new coverage of funk, rap, and hip-hop and profiles new samba artists as well as artists on the rise in electronic dance music and other genres. Now that the Internet has made it easier to find and explore once-exotic musical genres, people looking for information about all the kinds of music in Brazil will love this book. Lavishly illustrated with 175 black-and-white photos, 12 maps, and 12 figures, it covers the remarkable breadth of Brazilian music in a highly readable, lively manner. Highly recommended for all public libraries and world music collections, even those owning an earlier edition." Library Journal, 15th November 2008 " An excellent resource on some of the most popular music in Brazil...Clearly written and offering information valuable for understanding Brazilian music in general...Anyone interested in the evolution of Brazilian popular music and some of its most prolific artists of the past centuries will appreciate this title."CHOICE

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"The Brazilian Sound" is an introduction to the major genres and artists of Brazilian music of the 20th century, as well as its profound influence on North American music. "The Brazilian Sound" has received dozens of positive press reviews, which you can access at my Brazilian music web site which also includes a wealth of supplementary information about samba, bossa nova, axé music, Brazilian jazz and leading contemporary musicians.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of the Brazilian Music Scene 1 Jun 1998
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Of all world music varieties, Brazilian music is among the most vital, consistent and compelling. McGowan and Pessanha nail their subject cold in this book -- the most comprehensive omnibus available on the subject of Brazilian music. From MPB to Milton, it's all here!
This encyclopedic work includes hundreds of photos, complete historical information on all styles, and extended discographies ideal for starting and growing your own world-class Brazilian CD collection.
I picked this book up on a whim -- and 100 CDs later, I'm grateful to the authors for broadening my knowledge of this exceptional music with their extraordinary book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved The Interviews & Quotes 26 Mar 1999
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"The Brazilian Sound" is a great read and very informative. I especially liked the quotes from the interviews the authors did with Brazilian musicians like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento and Carlinhos Brown, as well as Americans such as Lyle Mays and Herbie Mann who have long been associated with Brazil's music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Edition Has Great Additions 25 Mar 1999
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I loved the first "Brazilian Sound," which was from Billboard Books and this new revised version from Temple University Press is even better. Especially liked the in-depth musical history about samba, choro and Bahia. Plus the glossary is outstanding.
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