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Music in Mexico

Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

Alejandro L. Madrid

Publication Date - 14 December 2012

ISBN: 9780199812806

160 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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The first brief, single-volume text to provide a thematic, succinct introduction to the music of Mexico


The complex legacy of Mexico's ethnic past and geographic location have shaped the country and its culture. In Music in Mexico, Alejandro L. Madrid uses extensive fieldwork, interviews with performers, eyewitness accounts of performances, and vivid illustrations to guide students through modern-day music practices. Applying three themes-ethnic identity, migration, and media influences-the text explores the music that Mexicans grow up listening to and shows how these traditions are the result of long-standing transnational dialogues. Packaged with a 40-minute audio CD containing musical examples, the text features numerous listening activities that engage students with the music.

Music in Mexico is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present.

Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional material to accompany each study.

About the Author(s)

Alejandro L. Madrid is Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He served as senior editor of Latina/o and Latin American entries for The Grove Dictionary of American Music (second edition) and since 1992 has conducted research in Mexico, Cuba, Spain, and the U.S. Dr. Madrid is the author of Sounds of the Modern Nation. Music, Culture and Ideas in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (2009) and Nor-Tec Rifa! Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World (2008), and editor of Transnational Encounters, Music and Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border (2011) among other award-winning books.

Table of Contents

    CD Track List
    1. Introduction
    Ethnic Identity and Music in Mexico
    Music, Migration, Diaspora and Music in Mexico
    Media and Music in Mexico
    2. The Transnational Resurgence of Son Jarocho
    The Mexican Son Complex
    Style and Practice in Son Jarocho
    Son Jarocho in Veracruz: A History of Migration and Transculturation
    The Rise of Son Jarocho as a Mexican National Icon
    The Transnational Resurgence of Son Jarocho
    3. Bolero: Cosmopolitanism and the Mexican Romantic Song until the 1960s
    The Basic Stylistic Features of a Transnational Genre
    The Bolero in Mexico: The Trova Yucateca Tradition
    Mexico City and the Production and Popularization of the Mexican Bolero: 1930s-1950s
    Trios and Bolero Ranchero: The 1950s and 1960s
    4. Balada. Cosmopolitanism and the Mexican Romantic Song in the 1970s
    Shifting Taste: From Bolero to Balada in 1960s and 1970s Mexico
    Televisa and the Balada for the Middle-Classes
    Balada Grupera and Working-Class Sentimentality
    Masculine, Feminine, and Queer Sensibilities in the Balada
    5. Norteña Music and its History of Hybridization
    The Myth of Onda Grupera
    Accordion Music from the Mexican Northeast to the World
    The Corrido in Norteña Music
    The Performance of a Norteña Identity
    6. Banda Music. From Village Brass Music to Narcocorridos
    The Banda Craze
    A History of Banda Music
    Banda after NAFTA. The Transnational Re-imagination of Banda Music
    Narcocorrido. A Genre Common to the Norteña and Banda Traditions
    7. Rock and Canto Nuevo: Alternative Musics in Mexico
    Before the Avándaro Festival. The Arrival of Rock 'n' Roll in Mexico
    From Nueva Canción to Canto Nuevo
    Rock in the 1980s: From Rock Rupestre to Rock en tu Idioma

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