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The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's Singers, Songwriters and Musicians Tell the Story of Bossa Nova, MPB, and Brazilian Jazz and Pop [Kindle Edition]

Chris McGowan
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Book Description

This collection of interviews with iconic Brazilian musicians is the first of its kind in the English language. Author Chris McGowan has written about Brazilian music for "Billboard" magazine, "The Huffington Post," and his own "The Brazilian Sound" blog, and co-authored the definitive introduction to the subject—"The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil." Along the way, he has spoken with many of the most important and influential legends of Brazilian music. In this new omnibus volume, McGowan presents many of these interviews in complete and unabridged form for the first time. There are profiles of and/or conversations with iconic figures of bossa nova, Tropicália, MPB, and Brazilian jazz, including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Laurindo Almeida, Sergio Mendes, Milton Nascimento, Antonio Adolfo, Airto Moreira, Ivan Lins, Djavan, João Bosco, Dori Caymmi, Gilberto Gil, Ricardo Silveira, Cristina Braga, Gal Costa and Lenine. Most of the twenty-three interviews are presented in Q&A form, preceded by a profile and followed by an extensive discography. Quotes from shorter talks are incorporated into the profiles. "The Brazilian Music Book" is an indispensable companion volume to the author's "The Brazilian Sound" (now in its third edition).

Product Details

  • File Size: 3203 KB
  • Print Length: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Culture Planet (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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There's so much great music that has come out of Brazil, but the people behind it aren't as well-known as their music. This book takes care of that, with luminaries from Tom Jobim to Milton Nascimento to more recent artists such as Luciana Souza and Lenine telling the story of their journeys through Brazilian music in their own words. In a soundbite era, it's a pleasure to read interviews rich in detail and spirited conversation. I really enjoyed getting to know the personalities, influences, and fateful events that led to some of world's most tasty popular music. The expansive interview with Jobim and his insights on bossa nova and songwriting are worth the price of the book alone. A must for any Brazilian music fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book! June 10, 2014
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This is one of the best music related books I have read . Chris McGowan is extremely knowledgeable and asks the right questions in the interviews. The artists are very erudite and provide a lot of valuable insights into the evolution of Brazilian music.The book is well organized with thorough and relevant biographies and discographies. A great book for musicians and fans!
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More About the Author

"I am a writer-journalist from California who currently lives in Brazil.

I'm the author of "The Brazilian Music Book" (a new collection of interviews with prominent musicians) and co-author of "The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil" (Temple University Press), an introduction to Brazilian music's history, genres, instruments and major artists. The latter book has had multiple editions and translations into different languages.

I blog for the Huffington Post, and I have also penned articles about culture, the arts, and ecology for numerous other publications. I was a longtime columnist for Billboard, and their first writer to extensively cover digital media. During that time, I co-authored "Entertainment in the Cyber Zone: Exploring the Interactive Universe of Multimedia" (Random House).

I'm also (as J.C. McGowan) the author of "The Big God Network," a satirical science-fiction novel.

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The quotes of the shortest interviews, including the one with Gal Costa, are incorporated into the profiles of those artists, as explained in the introduction. The majority of the book's twenty-three interviews are in the Q&A form.
--Chris McGowan (author)
Jun 5, 2014 by Chris McGowan |  See all 2 posts
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