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Brazilian Songwriter Caetano Veloso

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Brazilian Songwriter Caetano Veloso

Brazilian Songwriter Caetano Veloso

Brazilian Songwriter Caetano Veloso

Only Available in Archive Formats.

He is a national icon in Brazil. Along with Gilberto Gil, Veloso created the provocative "Tropicalismo" movement which combined the richness of Brazil's musical past with 1960s rock 'n' roll, surrealism, and dada -– in reaction to the military junta in 1964. Veloso and Gil were jailed and exiled for their efforts. Veloso's memoir Tropical Truth a Story of Music & Revolution in Brazil (first published in 1997) is now translated and published in the United States (Knopf).