Friday, August 24, 2007

09.13.06: TROPICALIA

Tonight's edition of WE'RE GONNA BE TIMELESS will be the TROPICALIA and beyond.

The post-bossa nova Brazilian pop music of the late '60s and early '70s, in many ways, followed the trends of the UK and US. Protest songs, psychedelic experimentation, a hippy return to strumming and shouting, heavy rock-glam and so on....

Alas, the military dictatorship which ruled Brazil from the mid-60s until the mid-80s made it much harder for these (r)evolutions to take place. Nonetheless, Brazilian artists such as Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Tom Ze and Os Mutantes fiercely made their amazing contributions and remain hugely popular and successful worldwide.

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