Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography (Currents in Latin by Andrew Grant Wood

By Andrew Grant Wood

Few Mexican musicians within the 20th century completed as a lot notoriety or had such a world influence because the well known singer and songwriter Agustín Lara (1897-1970). widely recognized as "el flaco de oro" ("the Golden Skinny"), this remarkably skinny fellow used to be prolific around the genres of bolero, ballad, and people. His such a lot loved "Granada", a music so enduring that it's been lined by means of the likes of Mario Lanza, Frank Sinatra, and Placido Domingo, is this present day a regular within the vocal repertory. even if, there exists little or no biographical literature on Lara in English. In Agustín Lara: A Cultural Biography, writer Andrew Wood's educated and informative placement of Lara's paintings in a broader cultural context offers a wealthy and finished interpreting of the lifetime of this important musical determine. Lara's occupation as a media megastar in addition to musician offers a superb window on Mexican society within the mid-twentieth century and on pop culture in Latin the US. wooden additionally delves into Lara's tune itself, bringing to mild how the composer's paintings unites a couple of vital currents in Latin song of his day, really 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 useful addition to the examine of recent Mexican song and Latin American pop culture as a whole.

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