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Friday, March 25, 2011


This time on Chicanonautica over at La Bloga, I review Land of a Thousand Dances: Chicano Rock 'n' Roll from Southern California by David Reyes and Tom Waldman, an important document about La Cultura. So, here at Mondo Ernesto, I'm providing some musical examples.

Before rock learned to roll, Lala Guerrero shook things up in L.A.:

Then an Anglo provided the pachucos with a theme song:

And Thee Midniters wrote the lowrider anthem:

Later Los Lobos brought us más:

Finally, some elegant time travel from Mark Guerrero, son of Lalo, because the cycles keep spinning . . .

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