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Not exactly a new book, but topical, Caetano Veloso's Tropical Truth, A Story Of Music & Revolution In Brazil [Alfred Knopf US$26], published in 2002 is a personal history of how an indigenous [that is, local] music scene grew up despite the fierce competition from American pop culture.

Veloso and his contemporaries Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Chico Buarque and Os Mutantes experienced first hand a disintegrating society in the midst of a social transformation when a military coup in 1964 toppled the government and created a dictatorship to preserve the deep divide between the rich and poor. Brazil is also a multi-racial society mixed with native Brazilians and Brazilians of European descend.

Veloso and his contemporaries used their music and art to make two points. Firstly, that local music was as valid as Western pop culture then sweeping the world. And, secondly, that the youth movement was as powerful and timeless as the timeless vogue for authoritarian leaderships. All those albums gave credence to a Brazilian scene that has since been recognised internationally as Tropicalia — the music of the tropics.

Gilberto Gil, then a leading Tropicalia musician, is the current Minister of Culture in the new Brazilian cabinet which is now led by a former labor leader. Brazil are also World Soccer Champions. Brazilians have NEVER MISSED THEIR BALLS.



Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Maria Bethania and Caetano Veloso all released solo albums in 1966. In Rio, the foursome would come to be known as 'The Bahians.'


Gilberto Gil, with Nana Caymmi, daughter of the legendary Dorival Caymmi, in 1967.



The March of a Hundred Thousand: The protest against the murder of a student, Edson Luis, by the police. Front row, from left: Chico Buarque, Arduinho Colazanti, Renato Borghi, Ze Celso, Paulinho da Viola (facing away), Dede, Caetano, Nana Caymmi and Gil. June 26, 1968.



Both performances of Prohibiting Is Prohibited at the FIC were scandalous. Caetano said: "So you're the young people who say they want to take power! If you're the same in politics as you are in music, we're done for!" Gil joined Caetano onstage, where they were pelted with paper, plastic cups, and a chunk of wood that left Gil with a bloody ankle. "Perhaps we had touched certain deep structures in Brazilian life at great risk to ourselves. Nevertheless, I felt proud."



Caetano and Gil's programme on TV Tupi, Divino, Marvilhoso, was received more warmly than their performances at the FIC and regularly featured Os Mutantes, Gal and Tom Ze.



It was suggested that Caetano and Gil were imprisoned because they were present at the Sucata Club for a show where this banner of Helio Oiticica's was hung. It pictures the corpse of Cara de Cavalo, a famous Carioca criminal murdered by the police, and reads "be a criminal, be a hero." A judge shut the Sucata Club down after the incident.


Gil, after his release from prison. Caetano wrote: "In jail he found the opportunity to attain a kind of asceticism; he stopped eating meat and began learning about macrobiotic food and Eastern systems of thought."




Onstage at the Castro Alves Theater. Four months after their release from prison, Caetano and Gil were asked to leave Brazil. They were allowed to do a concert to raise money for travel expenses.


The programme for Gil and Caetano's last show in 1969.



Gil and Caetano: Exiled in London. Caetano wrote: "Those years were a cloudy dream. I came truly to love the green in the parks, the calm in the crescent-shaped streets, the alleys, the mosses and flowers in sum, there came to me there a kind of wisdom about life, in a genuine and intense way, such as I had never imagined I could find. I honored the public and the private gardens alike with sincere reverance, but every day I would steal a rose from one of them to bring to Dede."

Gilberto Gil in London.

Caetano wrote: 'At times, through the years, I have heard Gil say, and been deeply moved by it, that when he met me he felt as though he were leaving behind a great loneliness: when he saw me he was sure that he had found a true companion."



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TROPICALIA PRIMER
by Sean, avid fan, audio engineer (posted on Amazon.com)
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1. VARIOUS
Tropicalia-Ou Panis Et Circenc


2.CAETANO VELOSO
Tropicalia (30 Years) (Boxset)


3. OS MUTANTES
A Divina Comedia Ou Ando Meio Desligado



4. TOM ZE
Fabrication Defect



5. CAETANO VELOSO
Caetano Veloso (1967)



6. GAL COSTA
Gal Costa


7. OS MUTANTES
Os Mutantes


8. NARA LEAO
Garota De Ipanema



9. GILBERTO GIL, GAL COSTA, CAETANO VELOSO, MARIA BETHANIA
Doces Barbaros



10. JORGE BEN
Silencio No Brooklin



11. CAETANO VELOSO
Caetano Veloso (1969)


12. OS MUTANTES
Mutantes


13. GILBERTO GIL, CAETANO VELOSO
Barra 69

14. ARNALDO BAPTISTA
Loki