Mariachi Music in America

Mariachi Music in America

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Mariachi Music in America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture, is one of the case study volumes in the Global Music Series, edited by Bonnie Wade and Patricia Shehan Campbell. This volume describes the social, cultural, and economic circumstances surrounding mariachi music in the United States. Massive immigrations of Mexicans to the U.S., the power of the international recording industry, and the fluid travel of mariachi musicians back and forth between the two countries have maintained a strong base of musical continuity across the political border. This book explains how mariachi music is at once a folk music rooted in over 150 years of tradition, a commodity governed by market considerations, and a dynamic, evolving musical stream of activity, shaped and expanded by musical innovation and social meaning. This book offers an understanding of Mariachi music's historical roots, its evolving role and nature, and its place in contemporary American society. Woven through the text are eyewitness accounts of local performances, interviews with key performers, and vivid illustrations.
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  • Mixed media product | 96 pages
  • 147.3 x 210.8 x 17.8mm | 294.84g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195141458
  • 9780195141450

About Daniel Sheehy

Daniel Sheehy served as Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts from 1992-2000 and as staff ethnomusicologist and Assistant Director from 1978-1992. A Fulbright-Hays scholar in Veracruz, Mexico, he earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA in 1979. He is coeditor of the second volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (1998). He has performed mariachi music since 1968.
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