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Brutality GardenTropicalia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture$
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Christopher Dunn

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780807826515

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469615707_Dunn

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Traces of Tropicália

Traces of Tropicália

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Brutality Garden

Christopher Dunn

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the various traces of tropicalist experience since the restoration of civilian rule in the mid-1980s. It first discusses the major contributions of the movement, which include the following: the emergence of Brazilian rock and Afro-Bahian forms of music; the dissolution of cultural hierarchies by producing music for mass consumption; and the influence of Gil and Veloso on Brazilian popular music. The chapter highlights the work of Tom Zé, the most radical innovator of the tropicalist movement. It also discusses the influence of the tropicalist movement on the production of popular music in Brazil and the impact of this legacy on some contemporary artists who have claimed affinities with the tropicalist project.

Keywords:   tropicalist, civilian rule, Brazilian rock, Afro-Bahian music, popular music, Tom Zé, contemporary artists

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