Masters of Contemporary Brazilian Song is a critical study of MPB (música popular brasileira), a term that refers to varieties of urban popular music of the 1960s and 1970s, incorporating samba, Bossa Nova, and new materials.
“Perrone analyzed hundreds of contemporary song texts to provide Englishreaders with a window into the very important musical-poetic world of contemporary and artistic Brazil. The book is informative, easy to read, and of great value in understanding many sociological aspects of Brazil’s recent history.”—Hispanic American Historical Review
“Perrone’s highly competent, well-written, and informative work is the first full-length study in English of contemporary Brazilian popular music. After a brief historical overview of this music, the author . . . offers an in-depth discussion of the careers and works of six major songwriter/performers of the 1965—1985 period: Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, João Bosco, and Aldir Blanc. . . . The book also includes a useful bibliography and discography, an index, and good photographs that will make the topic come alive. . . . Highly recommended.”