River of tears : country music, memory, and modernity in Brazil

by Dent, Alexander Sebastian.

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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction ML3487.B7 D468 2009
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Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  ML3487.B7 D468 2009
River of Tears is the first ethnography of Brazilian country music, one of the most popular genres in Brazil yet least-known outside it. Beginning in the mid-1980s, commercial musical duos practicing música sertaneja reached beyond their home in Brazil's central-southern region to become national bestsellers. Rodeo events revolving around country music came to rival soccer matches in attendance. A revival of folkloric rural music called música caipira , heralded as música sertaneja's ancestor, also took shape. And all the while, large numbers of Brazilians in the central-south were moving to cities, using music to support the claim that their Brazil was first and foremost a rural nation.

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.

Introduction: 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.

Additional Information
Subjects Country music -- Brazil -- 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
Language English
Description xiii, 297 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-283) and index.
ISBN 9780822345206 (cloth : alk. paper)
082234520X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780822345374 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0822345374 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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