Music

Rowman & Littlefield

Punk rock erupted on to the American music stage in the late 1970s with a stripped-down sound, aggressive tones and manic beats.


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"'Shock and Awe' is about the power of make-believe," writes music critic Simon Reynolds.

His book, about the lasting influence of glam rock – also known as "glitter" in the United States – as a movement, was known for its memorable stars and outrageous style.

Joseph Henry “T Bone" Burnett was born in St. Louis but grew up in Fort Worth, and has had a far reaching influence on the Texas “Third Coast Music” scene – but also in modern rock – country – Americana – and film – TV sound tracks.

Burnett is a musician, songwriter, producer and activist for musicians to be paid for their work in the digital age.

Singer/songwriter Lila Downs uses the traditions and iconography of Mexico to create musical landscapes depicting the great diversity of her homeland.

She weaves native music of Mexico with modern day styles including rock, blues, mariachi and cumbia.

Throughout her career Downs has received several awards, including a Grammy, a number of Latin Grammys. She has developed a global audience of dedicated listeners who are as drawn to her for her unique music as for her activism on social issues – calling for humanitarian responses  

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The music of Los Lobos blasted onto the national airwaves in 1987, when their remake of “La Bamba” became a No. 1 smash hit. For many Los Lobos appeared to be an overnight sensation. But the East L.A. band already had a loyal following in San Antonio. What new fans weren’t aware that Los Lobos had already undergone a long musical odyssey that began in 1973 when Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez came together to learn and perform traditional Mexican folk music.

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