by Caetano Veloso - £10.99 Bloomsbury (2003)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780747568018 | ISBN 10: 0747568014
Often described - inadequately - as the John Lennon or Bob Dylan of Brazil, Caetano Veloso is unquestionably one of the most influential and beloved of Brazilian artists and has developed a worldwide following. Now, in his long-awaited memoir, he tells the heroic story of how, in the late sixties, he and a group of friends from the northeastern state of Bahia created tropicalismo, the movement that shook Brazilian culture - and civic order - and pushed a nation then on the margins of world politics and economics into the pop avant-garde. The birth of tropicalismo coincided with the wave of counterculture sweeping western nations, but in Brazil that wave came up against a brutal military junta. Tropicalismo was a vision so subversive of the political and musical status quo that before long Caetano faced imprisonment and was then forced into exile in London until the early seventies. But when he returned, it was in triumph.
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