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The Billboard guide to Tejano and regional Mexican music
Burr, Ramiro.
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Publication Information:
New York : Billboard Books, 1999.
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256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML102.T45 B87 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This book offers an overview of the roots of Tejano and a discussion of its cultural impact and revealing biographies and critical essays on the contributions of the genre's most innovative and successful artists. Discography. Glossary. 50 illustrations.

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Library Journal Review

The burgeoning influence of Hispanic culture in the United States includes pop music, here addressed with comprehensive, in-depth analysis. Burr, a staff writer for the San Antonio Express-News, correspondent for Billboard, and contributor to numerous other magazines, is a careful researcher who writes with authority and love on a subject for which a useful reference work did not exist. After a couple of insightful and incisive essays, "The New Tejano Music Nation" and "The Cultural Impact of Tejano," Burr segues into an A-to-Z encyclopedia of artists in the field. Some, such as Los Lobos and Freddy Fender, should be readily recognizable to even the most neophyte pop music aficionado owing to their mainstream success. For other artists, name recognition will probably vary with the region of the country. The bulk of the entries are biographical, with discographical information as well. Burr also includes information on instruments that are prominent in Tejano, such as the accordion and the bajo sexto. The closing pages of the book feature an excellent "Tex-Mex Chronology" time-lining major developments in the genre, Burr's personal top ten lists, and a glossary of basic terminology. Highly recommended where Tejano and regional Mexican music have become a force but also an excellent addition to most music collections.√ĄDavid M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib., Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.