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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 2009
Brazilian music has exponentially increased in its popularity over the decade since the last edition of "The Brazilian Sound" was published. This revised and expanded edition includes discussions of developments in samba and other key genres, the rise of female singer-songwriters in recent years, new works by established artists like Milton Nascimento and Gilberto Gil and the mixing of bossa with electronica. This clearly written and lavishly illustrated encyclopaedic survey features dozens of new entries and photographs, an extensive glossary of Brazilian music terms and more. This edition of "The Brazilian Sound" contains new discussions of: musica sertaneja and musica caipira; Brazilian funk and rap/hip-hop; electronic dance music; young contemporary musicians inspired by traditional music; the rise of new samba artists; an updated bibliography and glossary; and, a new list of Web resources.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.; Revised edition edition (22 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592139299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592139293
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Well informed, written in plain language and smartly illustrated, The Brazilian Sound quickly became a reference book after it was published in 1991. With the recent publication of a revised and expanded edition, the good just got better...The Brazilian Sound is an informative primer, clearly designed to be useful to the curious beginner, but also substantive enough to capture and hold the attention of the initiated. This new edition retains the easy-to-read quality of the original while adding not only new artists throughout but also historical and social context to the music.... For anyone interested in exploring the vast world of Brazilian music, The Brazilian Sound will serve nicely as a smart and practical road map." --Jazziz, February 2009

"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. Summing Up: Highly recommended." --Choice, June 2009

Praise for the last edition: "[The Brazilian Sound] continues to be the most informative-and eminently readable-book about Brazilian popular music." --The Los Angeles Times

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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