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Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas

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In the first full-length exploration of the contemporary and controversial Mexican corrido, award-winning author Elijah Wald blends a travel narrative with his search for the roots of this genre -- a modern outlaw music that fuses the sensibilities of medieval ballads with the edgy grit of gangsta rap.

From international superstars to rural singers documenting their local c
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 22nd 2002 by Rayo (first published 2001)
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Brandon
Quite a travelog. Wald goes all over Mexico and even makes forays into California and Texas to talk with corridistas and in particular those who've written about the drug business.

Because the corrido is a narrative song, and because narcocorridos focus on the drug trade that still has the Columbian, Mexican and U.S. governments at war more than three decades after Ronald Reagan declared it, this music is at least as important as rap. I doubt white adolescent males from the suburbs will start bu
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Michelle
This is an extremely respectful view of Mexico, Mexicans, and Mexican culture. He introduces us to the Narcocorrido scene throughout Mexico and parts of the U.S. The writer is a white american, but often times criticizes his own country and culture as well as its foreign policy. This is a fascinating read, because he hitchhikes throughout the Mexican countryside and describes in detail the people and places he meets along the way.
Dave
A great idea for a book and some rigorous efforts to track down the people and characters related to this genre of music - its clever double meanings, flowing verse and steadfast guitar strumming. This book has probably lost some of its kitsch because of the recent wave of narcoviolence along the border; Tijuana radio stations now refuse to play the corridos as they are a now in poor taste when juxtaposed with the wanton violence.
Brian
Wish it came with a CD; the only artists covered I'd heard of before reading were Chalino Sanchez and Los Tigres. Good read about a style of music I had only vaguely heard of; every culture's got its outlaw songs. Plus, it's a fine travelogue through Mexico.
Darrell
got into this author after a multi page cover article in the LA Weekly about Chalino Sanchez
who wrote hero myth songs about egotistical drug traffickers of Mexican extraction

learned what the 3 animals are
what a cuerno de chiva is
Clay
Apr 25, 2011 Clay added it
Not much of a stylist, but he gets the facts straight. A little too much of a journalistic nod to Hunter S. Thompson.
Dylan
Feb 11, 2008 Dylan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dylan by: lola
One nerd's mexican vacation yields some good stories here and there. Get's a little repetitive. Mexicomexicomexico.
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Elijah Wald is a musician and writer, with nine published books. Most are about music (blues, folk, world, and Mexican drug ballads), with one about hitchhiking.
His new book is a revisionist history of popular music, throwing out the usual critical conventions and instead looking at what mainstream pop fans were actually listening and dancing to over the years.
At readings, he also plays guitar an
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