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Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series) Hardcover – 28 May 2010
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This book comes as a welcome and most needed addition to the small number of publications on fado in English...' Journal of Popular Music
About the Author
Richard Elliott is Lecturer in Popular Music at the University of Sussex and researches on loss, memory, nostalgia and revolution in popular music. He is the author of the books Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City (Ashgate, 2010) and Nina Simone (Equinox, 2013).
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I am tri-lingual (Spanish, Portuguese and English) and am normally very critical of what foreigners usually write about the Fado; they just don't get it. However, rather than just jumping on the "Fado as World Music" bandwagon like most foreigners, he explores its roots, the neighborhoods and the cultural context in which this music was forged and continues to evolve.
This author approaches the Fado with an open heart, an inquiring mind, and lets his journey of discovery unfold. It is a profound book and very through; containing a detailed bibliography, exhaustive discography, a fine videography and the book is well indexed. I think for any English speaker this would be a fine starting point for one's own investigation into the Fado.
I have read most of the books, seen most of the films, and listened to most of the music he references in this book. I wanted to be critical as I read this work; however, I have to say that the author has a profound understanding of the Fado and Portuguese culture. As Fernando Pessoa says "“Tudo vale a pena quando a alma não e pequena.”
Thank you Professor Elliot for letting your heart lead your mind as you wrote this book. Again, I would highly recommend this book to any English reader who wants to embark on their own journey into the Fado.
Where this book shines (as was likely Elliot's intention) is in its thoroughness, credibility and keen eye for interesting detail. Highlights of the book are mostly in the form of excerpts from Elliot's vast research. For example, he devotes a few pages to a discussion of the meaning of "saudade" (fado's defining characteric), citing Svetlana Boym's conclusion that while saudade and similar terms in other languages preserve "the specific rhythms of the language, one is struck by the fact that all these untranslatable words are in fact synonyms; and all share the desire for untranslatability, the longing for uniqueness." Elsewhere in a discussion about forgetting, he cites a Juan Luis Borges character, "To think is to forget differences, generalize, make abstractions." Later, he ponders some of Amalia's lyrics in depth, and describes the colorful character of Alfredo Marceneiro (who reputedly sang blindfolded in the studio to avoid the horror of instrusive recording equipment). The final chapter, "Fado as Local and Global Practice," provides an excellent launching point for exploring modern fado and fado-derived music.
Provided that you already love fado and have the patience for the contemplative nature of scholarly works, Elliot's book is well-conceived, thoughtful, and enjoyable. It's hesitant in drawing concise summaries (e.g. about the cultural and geographic origins of fado, and about the meaning of fado's defining characteric "saudade"), but this is really just a reflection of painstakingly thoughtful research, and nuanced conclusions. If you're just looking for a low-key coffee table book about Fado instead, you might instead want to track down a copy of "Fado: Voices and Shadows."