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Sounds of the Modern Nation Music, Culture, and Ideas in Post-Revolutionary Mexico by Alejandro L. Madrid

Sounds of the Modern Nation Music, Culture, and Ideas in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Part of the Studies In Latin America & Caribbean Music Series


Sounds of the Modern Nation Music, Culture, and Ideas in Post-Revolutionary Mexico by Alejandro L. Madrid

How the relationships between avant-garde music and ideas of modernity in post-revolutionary Mexico shaped discourses of nationality


[I]t is not necessary to be a musician to appreciate and comprehend many of Madrid's arguments. At every turn in this brilliant, challenging and beautifully structured book, Madrid pushes for complexity over simplification, and for the importance of individual artistic identity over that of aesthetic movements, or the hegemonic power of either history or the state. Sounds of the Modern Nation...makes fascinating reading for those with an interest in Mexican cultural history. And for musicologists of all stripes, it is indispensable for understanding how Mexican music achieved modernity. -The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

About the Author

Alejandro L. Madrid is Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is the author of Nor-tec Rifa! Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World and co-editor (with Ignacio Corona) of Postnational Musical Identities. Cultural Production, Distribution, and Consumption in a Globalized Scenario.

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Publication date

25th October 2008


Alejandro L. Madrid

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Temple University Press,U.S.


224 pages


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