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Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music

Hugo Chávez, Alí Primera and Venezuela

The Politics of Music in Latin America

Authors: Marsh, Hazel

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  • Studies how Alí Primera became intertwined with venezuelan politics both during and after his lifetime
  • Avoids the 'top down' political perspective often included in much of the literature from this period
  • Provides a greater understanding of how Chávez successfully identified himself with the Venezuelan masses
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Unlike much of the literature on Venezuela in the Chávez period, this book shifts focus away from 'top down' perspectives to examine how Venezuelan folksinger Alí Primera (1942-1985) became intertwined with Venezuelan politics, both during his lifetime and posthumously. Alí’s ‘Necessary Songs’ offered cultural resources that enabled Chávez to connect with pre-existing patterns of grassroots activism in ways that resonated deeply with the poor and marginalised masses. Official support for Alí’s legacy led the songs to be used in new ways in the Chávez period, as Venezuelans actively engaged with them to redefine themselves in relation to the state and to reach new understandings of their place within a changed society. This book is essential reading not only for those interested in popular music and politics, but for all those seeking to better understand how Chávez was able to successfully identify himself so profoundly with the  Venezuelan masses, and they with him.

About the authors

Hazel Marsh is Lecturer in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. She has researched, and published on, popular music and the Mexican student movement, Venezuelan cultural policy in the Chávez period, resistance music in Oaxaca, Mexico, and representations of British Gypsies. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hugo Chávez, Alí Primera and Venezuela
Book Subtitle
The Politics of Music in Latin America
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57968-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57968-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57967-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-84579-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 239
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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