August 31, 2020, 3:00 pm.
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Join us on Zoom and Facebook Live for a conversation with Agustin Gúrza, writer and editor for UCLA’s Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings.
He will explore protest music of Summer 1970 as well as socially conscious songs composed and performed by Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Chicanos that made strong statements against the War in Vietnam.
“We’re going to talk about the explosion of music that coincided with the fight for civil rights among Mexican Americans. The Moratorium denounced the disproportionate number of Latinos fighting and dying in Vietnam, a sacrifice that was memorialized in contemporaneous songs, written by soldiers and their families back home. I wrote a blog about those Vietnam recordings for UCLA’s enormous music library, The Frontera Collection, and
I’ll share a clip or two. The Frontera archive also offers some historical context about the original protest music of Mexican Americans, the border corridos of the late 1800s.
“Since Chicanos are by definition bicultural, we’ll also discuss the parallel protest music – rock, soul, and R&B – they absorbed through Top 40 radio and other media.
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