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Andrew Grant Wood's Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography (Currents in Latin PDF

By Andrew Grant Wood

ISBN-10: 0199892458

ISBN-13: 9780199892457

Few Mexican musicians within the 20th century completed as a lot notoriety or had such a world impression because the renowned singer and songwriter Agustín Lara (1897-1970). widely recognized as "el flaco de oro" ("the Golden Skinny"), this remarkably skinny fellow was once prolific around the genres of bolero, ballad, and folks. His so much loved "Granada", a tune so enduring that it's been lined via the likes of Mario Lanza, Frank Sinatra, and Placido Domingo, is at the present time a regular within the vocal repertory. despite the fact that, there exists little or no biographical literature on Lara in English. In Agustín Lara: A Cultural Biography, writer Andrew Wood's trained and informative placement of Lara's paintings in a broader cultural context provides a wealthy and complete analyzing of the lifetime of this important musical determine. Lara's occupation as a media star in addition to musician offers a very good window on Mexican society within the mid-twentieth century and on pop culture in Latin the United States. wooden additionally delves into Lara's tune itself, bringing to mild how the composer's paintings unites a couple of very important currents in Latin track of his day, fairly the bolero. With shut musicological concentration and in-depth cultural research using along the biographical narrative, Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography is a welcome learn to aficionados and performers of Latin American musics, in addition to a priceless addition to the examine of contemporary Mexican song and Latin American pop culture as a whole.

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