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Brazil, Lyric, and the Americas$
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Charles A. Perrone

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034218

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034218.001.0001

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Scions of TropicáliaOf Signs, Soundings, Song, and Science

Scions of TropicáliaOf Signs, Soundings, Song, and Science

(p.164) 6 Scions of TropicáliaOf Signs, Soundings, Song, and Science
Brazil, Lyric, and the Americas

Charles A. Perrone

University Press of Florida

Discussion of Brazilian culture during the 1960s usually encompasses a development in expressive arts referred to as tropicalismo or Tropicália. Tropicalist aesthetics became apparent most especially in urban popular music because of how it served as a multimedia movement initiated by a wide variety of dramatic and visual venues. Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, founders of this expressive arts form, were poet–songwriters who drew attention to a phenomenon referred to as “the poetry of song.” Since Tropicalism entails the links between song and poetry discourses throughout the late twentieth century, it is important to be able to identify some of the ways in which inter-American awareness is linked with the lyrical dimension, and how a relevant musical moment in the late century was utilized as early as the 1920s' modernism.

Keywords:   tropicalismo, Tropicália, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, inter-American awareness, modernism, popular music

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