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Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer - by Rubu00e9n Funkahuatl Guevara (Hardcover)

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A pioneer of Chicano rock, Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara performed with Frank Zappa, Johnny Otis, Bo Diddley, Tina Turner, and Celia Cruz, though he is best known as the front man of the 1970s experimental rock band Ruben And The Jets. Here he recounts how his youthful experiences in the barrio La Veinte of Santa Monica in the 1940s prepared him for early success in music and how his triumphs and seductive brushes with stardom were met with tragedy and crushing disappointments. Brutally honest and open, Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer is an often hilarious and self-critical look inside the struggle of becoming an artist and a man. Recognizing racial identity as composite, contested, and complex, Guevara—an American artist of Mexican descent—embraces a Chicano identity of his own design, calling himself a Chicano “culture sculptor” who has worked to transform the aspirations, alienations, and indignities of the Mexican American people into an aesthetic experience that could point the way to liberation.
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: Social Science, Music, History
Series Title: American Crossroads
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Rubu00e9n Funkahuatl Guevara
Language: English
Street Date: April 13, 2018
TCIN: 53435813
UPC: 9780520297227
Item Number (DPCI): 248-67-5766
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