River of tears : country music, memory, and modernity in Brazil
|Format:||Print Book 2009|
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Since 1998, Alexander Sebastian Dent has analyzed rural music in the state of São Paulo, interviewing and spending time with listeners, musicians, songwriters, journalists, record-company owners, and radio hosts. Dent not only describes the production and reception of this music, he also explains why the genre experienced such tremendous growth as Brazil transitioned from an era of dictatorship to a period of intense neoliberal reform. Dent argues that rural genres reflect a widespread anxiety that change has been too radical and has come too fast. In defining their music as rural, Brazil's country musicians--whose work circulates largely in cities--are criticizing an increasingly inescapable urban life characterized by suppressed emotions and an inattentiveness to the past. Their performances evoke a river of tears flowing through a landscape of loss--of love, of life in the countryside, and of man's connections to the natural world.
ContentsIntroduction: Rural music, intimacy, and memory
What counts as "country"? rural performativity in the twentieth century
Country brothers : kinship as chronotope
Mixture, sadness, and intimacy in the Brazilian musical field
Hick dialogics : experiencing the play of rural genres
Teleologies of rural disappearance : interpreting rural music
Digital droplets and analogue flames : the circulatory matrices of Brazilian country
Producing rural locality
Hicks of the world : the country cosmopolitan
Conclusion: Postauthoritarian memory and rurality.
-- History and criticism.
Música sertaneja -- Brazil -- History and criticism.
Country music -- Social aspects -- Brazil.
Música sertaneja -- Social aspects -- Brazil.
Country music -- Political aspects -- Brazil.
Música sertaneja -- Political aspects -- Brazil.
|Publisher|| Durham :Duke University Press,2009
xiii, 297 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -283) and index.
|ISBN||9780822345206 (cloth : alk. paper)
082234520X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780822345374 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0822345374 (pbk. : alk. paper)