The Brazilian Sound

Samba, Bossa Nova, and the Popular Music of Brazil, Revised and Expanded Edition

Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha
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PB: $40.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-929-3
Publication: Dec 08

HC: $81.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-928-6
Publication: Dec 08

256 pages
7 x 10
10 figs., 171 halftones, 10 maps

An encyclopedia survey of Brazilian popular music—now updated and expanded

Read the Introduction (pdf).


This revised and expanded edition of The Brazilian Sound includes discussions of developments in samba and other key genres, the rise of female singer-songwriters in recent years, new works by established artists like Milton Nascimento and Marisa Monte, and the mixing of bossa with electronica. This clearly written and lavishly illustrated encyclopedic survey features new entries and photographs, an extensive glossary of Brazilian music terms, and more.

This edition of The Brazilian Sound contains new discussions of:
•;música sertaneja and música caipira
•;Brazilian funk, rap/hip-hop, and electronic dance music
•;the rise of new samba and MPB artists
•;an updated bibliography and glossary and a list of Web resources

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition
1. Five Centuries of Music
2. Samba: The Heartbeat of Rio
3. Bossa Nova: The New Way
4. MPB: A Musical Rainbow
5. Minas Gerais: Musical Treasures
6. Bahia of All the Saints
7. North by Northeast
8. Brazilian Instrumental Music and Jazz
9. Tropical Rock
10. More Brazilian Sounds
Select Bibliography
Select Discography and Resources

About the Author(s)

Chris McGowan has written about Brazilian music for Billboard, Musician and many other publications, and contributed to The Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. He blogs for the Huffington Post about Brazil and other subjects.

Ricardo Pessanha has worked as a Brazilian music consultant for foreign journalists, music producers and filmmakers and as a music lecturer for academic programs. He has been a translator and publicity writer for recording companies in Brazil and contributed articles to The Beat and other publications.