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Lalo: My Life and Music

Guerrero, Lalo; Mentes, Sheilyn Meece

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ISBN 10: 0816522138 / ISBN 13: 9780816522132
Published by University of Arizona Press, 2002
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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0816522138 2002 signed and inscribed first edition The University of Arizona Press (Tucson, Arizona), 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches tall hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket, yellow paper-covered boards, black lettering to spine, orange endpapers, copiously illustrated with black-and-white photographs, xii, 216 pp. Signed and inscribed ('Su Amigo') on the half title page in the year of issue by Lalo to his friends John and Karen Tanner, respected historians and authors. A very good copy in a like dust jacket which is nicely preserved and displayed in a clear archival sleeve. Signed copies are uncommon in the market. Laid in are the prior owner's notes on the book, an Arizona Daily Star article on Guerro's funeral and a cancelled check the prior owner wrote him in 2002 (presumably purchasing the book from the author), with Guerro's endorsement on the back. ~CCC~ Eduardo 'Lalo' Guerrero (1916 - 2005) was a Mexican-American guitarist, singer and farm labor activist best known for his strong influence on today's Latin musical artists. Guerrero is known as the Father of Chicano Music. He recorded and wrote many songs in all sorts of genre. He also wrote children songs and songs about Cesar Chavez, other farm workers and braceros. Guerrero wrote songs for El Trio los Panchos, Lola Beltran and many other famous artists. His Pachuco music of the 1940s and 1950s provided the sound track to loui Valdez' late 70s play and movie 'Zoot Suit.' He recorded over 700 songs since his first record in 1939 with Los Carlistas on Vocalion Record. In the 1940s he became a friend of the Ronstadt family of Arizona, in particular Gilbert Ronstadt, father of popular vocalist Linda Ronstadt. Linda recalls childhood memories of Guerrero serenading her. At his funeral, Linda sang a traditional Mexican song in tribute. Guerrero was officially declared a national folk treasure by the Smithsonian Institution in 1980 and was presented with the National Medal of Arts in 1996 by then President Bill Clinton. In 1992 Guerrero received the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment of the Arts. In late 2005 Guerrero was posthumously inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, and he was also inducted into the Tejano Hall of Fame and the Mariachi Hall of Fame. Bookseller Inventory # CCC-0651-3615

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Title: Lalo: My Life and Music

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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He has been called "the father of Chicano music" and "the original Chicano hepcat." A modest man in awe of his own celebrity, he has sung of the joys and sorrows, dreams and frustrations of the Mexican American community over a sixty-year career. Lalo Guerrero is an American original, and his music jubilantly reflects the history of Chicano popular culture and music. Lalo's autobiography takes readers on a musical rollercoaster, from his earliest enjoyment of Latino and black sounds in Tucson to his burgeoning career in Los Angeles singing with Los Carlistas, the quartet with which he began his recording career in 1938. During the fifties and sixties his music dominated the Latin American charts in both North and South America, and his song "Canción Mexicana" has become the unofficial anthem of Mexico. Through the years, Lalo mastered boleros, rancheras, salsas, mambos, cha-chas, and swing; he performed protest songs, children's music, and corridos that told of his people's struggles. Riding the crest of changing styles, he wrote pachuco boogies in one period and penned clever Spanish parodies of American hit songs in another. For all of these contributions to American music, Lalo was awarded a National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton. Lalo's story is also the story of his times. We meet his family and earliest musical associates—including his long relationship with Manuel Acuña, who first got Lalo into the recording studio—and the many performers he counted as friends, from Frank Sinatra to Los Lobos. We relive the spirit of the nightclubs where he was a headliner and the one-night stands he performed all over the Southwest. We also discover what life was like in old Tucson and in mid-century L.A. as seen through the eyes of this uniquely creative artist. "In 1958," Guerrero recalls, "I wrote a song about a Martian who came to Earth to clear up certain misunderstandings about Mars. Now I have decided that it is time to set some things straight about Lalo Guerrero." Lalo does just that, in an often funny, sometimes sentimental story that traces the musical genius of a man whose talent has taken him all over the world, but who still believes in giving back to the community. His story is a gift to that community. The book also features a detailed discography, compiled by Lalo's son Mark, tracing his recorded output from the days of 78s to his most recent CDs.

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Lalo Guerrero was born in 1916 and passed away in March of 2005. He sang and performed well into his eighties.

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