As the largest nation in Latin America, Brazil is home to some of the most celebrated music in the world. This case study in the Global Music Series edited by Bonnie C. Wade and Patricia Shehan Campbell is one of the first books to explore the contemporary diversity of Brazilian music. Each chapter combines narratives of musical events with musical analysis, personal histories of musicians, and explorations of the connections between music and other domains of Brazilian culture and society. Unlike most textbook treatments of Latin American music that concentrate on traditional genres, this text emphasizes styles of music (such as Brazilian rap, Brazilian heavy
metal, and musica brega) that most Brazilians enjoy today.
About the Author(s)
John P. Murphy, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Jazz Repertory Ensemble, University of North Texas
"a wide-ranging overview of contemporary musical life, with perceptive, in-depth analyses of selected works... admirably even-handed and non-judgmental" - Stephen Brown, TLS
"...a concise, accurate, and very usable book... Discussions of identity, gender, and ethnicity provide a convincing connection among all these seemingly disparate musical styles, while offering a good introduction to studying popular music with a touch of cultural studies." - Rogerio Budasz, Federal University of Parana, Brazil
"John P. Murphy's Music in Brazil is a concise, accurate, and very usable book. It presents some musical genres that even most Brazilians have never heard of, along with as mainstream as one can get...a good introduction to studying popular music with a touch of cultural studies." - Rogerio Budasz, Music and Letters