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Brazilian Popular Music: Caetano Veloso and the Regeneration of Tradition

Author: Lorraine Leu

Publication date: 2006

Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series

Ashgate Publishing

"Brazilian Popular Music, or Música Popular Brasileira (MPB), developed in the mid 1960s as a response to the re-thinking of Brazilian national identity following the establishment of the post-1964 military regime. A leading figure in MPB at this time was Caetano Veloso, and it is his music and its reception that form the focus of this book.

A leader of the Tropicalist movement, Veloso sought to initiate a critical debate on Brazilian Popular Music and the political and ideological foundations which underpinned its aesthetic. Lorraine Leu examines Veloso's musical and vocal styles, revealing the ways in which they play with traditional expectations between the performer and listener, and argues that they represent an important response to the severe censorship and repression of the military regime."

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