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Hugo Chávez, Alí Primera and Venezuela

The Politics of Music in Latin America

Palgrave Macmillan

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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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About this book

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. 

Keywords

  • Cultural politics
  • Social movements
  • History of music
  • Latin American history
  • Twentieth century

Authors and Affiliations

  • School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom

    Hazel Marsh

About the author

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. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Hugo Chávez, Alí Primera and Venezuela

  • Book Subtitle: The Politics of Music in Latin America

  • Authors: Hazel Marsh

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57968-3

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-57967-6

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-349-84579-8

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-57968-3

  • Series ISSN: 2730-9517

  • Series E-ISSN: 2730-9525

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 239

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Cultural History, History of the Americas, Music

Buying options

eBook
USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-137-57968-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)