The present volume approaches with rigor and depth a musical movement of great interest to the study of popular urban music in the second half of the twentieth century. Its author, J. Patrice McSherry, has focused her research on the cultural, sociological, and political context of 1970s Chile, in which the musicians identified with the Nueva Canción developed their work. She defines the Nueva Canción in the preface as “poetic, combative, lyrical, militant, romantic, committed, idealistic, inspirational, and hauntingly beautiful” (p. xvii).

Her main objective is to emphasize the moment in which the Nueva Canción arose and its political impact in Chilean society and in the many other diverse countries to which it spread. The book is divided into eight chapters in addition to the preface and includes a foreword by José Seves S., a member of Quilapayún. McSherry develops her conceptual...

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