Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Chris Dunn Featured in BBC Radio Documentary on Tropicália

February 15th, 2016

Tulane professor Christopher Dunn is featured in a new radio documentary produced by Simon Hollis for BBC Radio 4 about Tropicália, the Brazilian cultural movement of the late 1960s that impacted all of the arts, especially popular music, during a period of political turmoil and social transformation under authoritarian rule. Narrated by Brazilian singer and journalist Monica Vasconcelos, the program also features interviews with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, the leaders of the movement, Sergio Dias, guitarist for the psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes, and David Byrne, the American musician formerly of the Talking Heads who has championed the tropicalists as radical innovators in international popular music. Dunn’s book Brutality Garden: Tropicália and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2001, is a now a standard reference about Tropicália. UNC Press will also publish the sequel to this study, Contracultura: Alternative Arts and Social Transformation in Authoritarian Brazil in Fall 2016. This book focuses on diverse aspects of the post-tropicalist Brazilian counterculture that emerged in the 1970s during the period of most intense repression under the military regime.
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