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Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas Paperback – October 22, 2002
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The book it's about the corrido, it is not a political document or passes judgements on anyone lifestyle, only when it pertains to the corrido itself then he goes and gives you a little taste of the political, social and economic factors that relate to the music and living conditions of the people involved. It is a great research job very well done and estremely informative, specially for the novice in this kind of music. A winner!
In keeping with its traditions, the corrido in recent years evolved a new sub-genre which mythologizes the drug trafficker -- most vividly, through the figure of the singer Chalino Sánchez, whose violent career and death is central to the story.
Despite the book's name, it's about the world of music, not drugs. Though the narcocorrido phenomenon is thoroughly explored, the book is more than that. Wald is an experienced journalist who knows how to write a readable story. His comprehension of the culture is solid, and his narrative is entertaining and well-structured. He did a lot of his research hitchhiking around Mexico, and his personal narrative as investigator / questioner / outsider is deftly interwoven into the history and geography of the corrido.
If there were a prize for books of popular musicology this would be a strong contender. It has to be one of the best books on music published in the U.S. in 2001.
There are so many big things wrong with this book that I'm not going to even bother with its minor factual errors. First of all, one of the most obvious aspects of corridos is their extremely similar melodies and ways of ending. (Play the last 5 seconds of every song on a Tucanes corrido album to hear what I mean.) If you think you're going to get answers about where the melodies or chords came from, or why nearly all corrido practitioners conform to this musical norm, this book will disappoint.
If you want to know what women think of the glorification of violence and crime, or wonder why the only marginally famous female corridista is a Chicana, you will also be disappointed. Wald unquestioningly goes along with the relegation of Mexican women to ornamental roles, noticeable for their age and looks but not valued for their opinions.
Wald is simply not enough of an investigative reporter to challenge his sources.Read more ›
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Haven't finished this yet. Set it aside to read The Connection which I have been promising myself for years that I would read. Read morePublished 22 months ago by P.J. Harris.
Well, all I can say is the author has an exhaustive knowledge of both music and the latter day drug trafficking problems in Mexico. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Steven K. Gill
this book was awesome in spainsh I got it in English to read it as well I really liked this book alotPublished on December 16, 2012 by mjgarza
While traveling Tucson I fell in love with the Narco Ballads. You really don't find this type of music where I am in the Midwest. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by Jason A. Burchaski
I got interested in this book after looking at some NarcoCorrido album covers my friend owns and wondered what was the obsession with AR-15's and wearing bullet belts crossed... Read morePublished on May 11, 2011 by XpressNightly
Elijah Wald is the best living writer on popular, folk, blues, roots, rock, and as it turns out, corrido. Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by Michael Erhardt
Even though Amazon has it in its headline as the "(Spanish Version)," the book is in English. Nonetheless, explore the book by clicking "Look Inside" and make double sure it is in... Read morePublished on June 5, 2009 by Soapsuds
THIS IS A GREAT EXPLORATION OF MEXICAN NARCO CORRIDOS BY A WRITER WHOOSE RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED BY HITCH HIKING THROUGH nORTHERN mEXICO. Read morePublished on April 14, 2009 by Carl Muller