When Bossa Nova Was: The Sounds and Flavors of Brazilian Music in the United States during the 1960s

Stucky, Rami, Music - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Miller, Karl, Music, University of Virginia
DeVeaux, Scott, Music, University of Virginia
Lobley, Noel, Music, University of Virginia
Von Eschen, Penny, History, University of Virginia
Hamilton, Jack, Media Studies, University of Virginia

This dissertation offers a revisionist history of American popular music in the 1960s. Historians, cultural scholars, and ethnomusicologists have documented how Latin musicians – notably those of African descent from Cuba – profoundly shaped the sound of twentieth century American music. I supplement their scholarship by focusing on bossa nova, a style of music developed in Brazil in the late 1950s, to show how bossa nova rhythms found their way into music that scholars never considered being indebted to bossa nova – notably African American music like soul, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and funk. I also study sources as diverse as the Chicago Defender, magazines like Hi-Fi/Stereo Review, and films like The Pawnbroker to argue that Americans of multiple classes, genders, and races all engaged with bossa nova music in contrasting ways during the 1960s.

PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
bossa nova, American Federations of Musicians, Brazil, United States, 1960s, jazz, cultural exchange, black, African American, soul food, immigration law, storecasting, hi-fi, exotica, diplomats, Itamaraty, State Department
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