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A Texas-Mexican Cancionero Folksongs of the Lower Border

by Americo Paredes, Manuel Pena

A Texas-Mexican Cancionero Folksongs of the Lower Border Synopsis

The folksongs of Texas's Mexican population pulsate with the lives of folk heroes, gringos, smugglers, generals, jailbirds, and beautiful women. In his cancionero, or songbook, Americo Paredes presents sixty-six of these songs in bilingual text-along with their music, notes on tempo and performance, and discography. Manuel Pena's new foreword situates these songs within the main currents of Mexican American music.

A Texas-Mexican Cancionero Folksongs of the Lower Border Press Reviews

Paredes' book should be read by everyone interested in Mexican American history. * Journal of Mexican American History * ...highly useful for courses in Chicano politics, folklore, sociology, and anthropology. * Journal of American Folklore * Paredes makes possible a greater understanding of how ordinary people react and reacted to the experience of living on the border, politically, socially, and personally, between two cultures. It is of major importance in the social history of the area. * Journal of the West * ...Paredes writes with both the first-hand authority of a cultural insider and an experienced scholar's care for documentation. His clear, direct and personal style makes the book the most widely useful textbook on a regional Mexican musical tradition since his earlier work, `With His Pistol in His Hand': A Border Ballad and Its Hero. * Ethnomusicology *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780292765580
Publication date: 30th November 1994
Author: Americo Paredes, Manuel Pena
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 226 pages
Categories: Country & Western music,

About Americo Paredes, Manuel Pena

Manuel Pena is an anthropologist of music and folklore. He has taught anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin and music at California State University, Fresno.

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