Music has been the cornerstone of popular culture in the United States since the beginning of our nation's history. From early immigrants sharing the sounds of their native lands to contemporary artists performing benefit concerts for social causes, our country's musical expressions reflect where we, as a people, have been, as well as our hope for the future. This four-volume encyclopedia examines music's influence on contemporary American life, tracing historical connections over time. Entries include singers, composers, lyricists, songs, musical genres, places, instruments, technologies, music in films, music in political realms, and music shows on television. The other day, I was looking at a page in this book online and it gave me a free preview of a page. Now it won't, and I was needing to use it for a paper. Thanks, Google. Jacqueline Edmondson is associate dean for undergraduate and graduate programs and professor of education in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
As a community, we Mexican-Americans and Chicanos are severely lacking in present-day musical role models. Though the issue of inadequate representation is prevalent among most POC communities in the U. Only Ritchie Valens and Selena immediately come to mind as having reached true demigod status , entering the universal canon at once through their music, the silver screen, and in glittery Tumblr pages the web over. Maybe that scarcity explains why this generation of mostly Chicano, mostly Generation Z musicians popping up in Southern California and MexAm-dominated cities across the U. The earliest incarnations of the sound delved deep into sonic experimentation and all-around weirdness see: LA Vampires or James Ferraro and were lo-fi to the point of being abrasive, like Ariel Pink before Before Today.
Chicano rock is rock music performed by Mexican American Chicano groups or music with themes derived from Chicano culture. Chicano Rock, to a great extent, does not refer to any single style or approach. Some of these groups do not sing in Spanish at all, or use many specific Latin instruments or sounds. The subgenre is defined by the ethnicity of its performers, and as a result covers a wide range of approaches. Although the genre is broad and diverse, encompassing a variety of styles and subjects, the overarching theme of early Chicano rock is its rhythm and blues influence and incorporation of brass instruments like the saxophone and trumpet, Farfisa or Hammond B3 organ , funky basslines, and its blending of Mexican vocal styling sung in English. A tradition of Chicano rock emerges from these origins, following a devotion to the original rhythm and blues and country roots of Rock and roll.
Los Angeles is renowned as the entertainment capital of the world, and for its long love affair with the automobile. To celebrate Latino Heritage Month , here is our list of the top ten L. From synthesized cumbia sonidero to soul-ska rocksteady and raw punk rock, these guys and girls are standing out from the bunch and representing the City of Angels with their bold musical styles. Chicano Batman have generated a cult following in the last couple of years for their organ-guided bilingual beats. Add these guys to your soon-to-be-classics category, in the same realm as other great American Latin alternative groups like Los Lobos and Richie Valens. In other words, legendary stuff that will probably be played really loud out of low-rider cars in a decade or so.