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Caetano Veloso And Gilberto Gil: Living History

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Very rarely do we get to celebrate history with some of the people who made it. But that's exactly the place Jasmine Garsd and I found ourselves in this week's episode of Alt.Latino, when we interviewed legendary musicians Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.

In the late 1960s, the Tropicalia movement stood up to Brazil's military dictatorship by fusing Brazil's rich musical traditions with influences like rock 'n' roll (considered imperialist) The Beatles (colonialist), jazz (encourages free thinking) and artistic wackiness (uncontrollable). The movement became a social force and was enough of a threat to get many musicians jailed.

History, of course, has a way of smiling on such movements, and many of those Tropicalistas can look back on long, prolific careers as exemplars of Brazil's creative vanguard. This week, we spoke with two of them as they gave firsthand accounts of those heady days of Tropicalia — including a story about writing a song while in prison.

As we say on the show this week, this was a bucket-list interview for both of us, so listen in and enjoy.

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Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil

  • Song: Tropicalia
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Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live
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Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live
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Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil
Label
Nonesuch Records
Released
2016

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Caetano Veloso

  • Song: Alegria, Alegria
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Gilberto Gil

  • Song: Domingo No Parque
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Gilberto Gil (Frevo Rasgado)
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Gilberto Gil (Frevo Rasgado)
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Gilberto Gil
Label
Polygram
Released
1968

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Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil

  • Song: Back In Bahia
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Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live
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Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live
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Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil
Label
Nonesuch Records
Released
2016

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Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil

  • Song: Nossa Gente (Avisa Lá)
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Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live
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Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live
Artist
Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil
Label
Nonesuch Records
Released
2016

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