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ERIC Number: EJ760964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 43
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
The Mexico City--Los Angeles Cultural Mosh Pits: Maldita Vecindad, a Chilanga-Chicana Rock Banda de Pueblo
Calderon, Hector
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v31 n1 p95-137 Spr 2006
This essay chronicles the career of pioneering Mexican rock band Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del 5 [degree] Patio. I argue that in a post-Chicano movement period, Maldita has become a borderless cultural institution influencing a generation of Mexicans on both sides of the border. Maldita has sought linkages with Mexicans from north and south through manifestos and music and through the revitalized figure of the pachuco. With its rock anthem "Pachuco," Maldita looked back to Mexican film actor German Valdes and his hybrid pachuco character, el Tin Tan, to explain a new rebellious Mexican punk spirit that drew inspiration from past musical fusions. Maldita returned to the same working-class musical milieu, the "quintopatiera" tradition, that gave rise to 1940s music of the pachuco phenomenon evident in compositions by Mexican Americans Don Tosti and Lalo Guerrero. Thus Maldita combines rumba, mambo, bolero, and danzon with new rock genres, infusing its music with cultural openness. (Contains 6 figures and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico (Mexico City)