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!
"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.
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.
This is an impressive work, very comprehensive. If you are new to Brazilian music, this book will act as a guide before you start buying CDs, if you aren't new to Brazilian music you'll still find in it bits of useful additional information. It's a good buy, you can't go wrong.
This is a well-researched work, yet quite accessible to the lay reader. It gives insight into Brazilian music, how it is embedded in cultural values and its role in the construction of national identity. It is a well thought-out book, enhanced with good iullustrations.
This book has to be the ideal place to begin to study Brazilian music & I learned so much from reading it. To find and listen to the artists/music listed in this superb book is going to take me on a very long and enjoyable journey.