Are there any good books in English on MPB?
― Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 17:18 (eleven months ago) Permalink
The Brazilian Sound by Chris McGowan is ok. I haven’t read Ruy Castro’s book on Bossa Nova.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 04:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink
Yeah I skimmed the McGowan a little and it definitely struck me as just ok and maybe not worthy of the music.
― Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 04:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink
Charles Perrone's Masters of Contemporary Brazilian Song is pretty good on MPB, lots of translations, solid stuff on Gil, Buarque, etc. Nothing much on Tom Ze, though. Ruy Castro's book on bossa is one of the best books ever written on any musical form, definitive as far as I can tell.
― eddhurt, Saturday, 17 March 2018 04:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 03:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink
Highly recommend the book Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil by Bryan McCann, for an in-depth look at some of the earlier, pre-Bossa styles of Brazilian music.
― Whiney On The Moog (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 01:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink
OK, so it doesn't look like Brazil, itself, had much of a film industry in the 20th century. However, I did find a German movie called Rio 70, shot in Rio, that's absolute Bossa perfection:
If you sign in, you can watch The full movie on youtube.
― 3×5, Friday, 11 May 2018 13:25 (nine months ago) Permalink
I don't know about industry, but they certainly had a nouvelle vague and a grindhouse circuit of their own.
― Daniel_Rf, Friday, 11 May 2018 13:28 (nine months ago) Permalink
They had a fairly big and fairly iconic film culture. Carmen Miranda anyone? Long periods with censorship made it tough for a long time, though.
― Frederik B, Friday, 11 May 2018 14:28 (nine months ago) Permalink