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- DescriptionWinner, Fred Whitehead Award for Best Design of a Trade Book, 2006 Conjunto has been called Chica roots music. Born when South Texas Tejas adopted the button accordion from German settlers in the 1800s, this vibrant folk music mixes the accordion, bajo sexto guitar, bass, and drums to play lively, danceable versions of German polkas, waltzes, and schottisches, as well as Mexican corridos, boleros, rancheras, huapangos, and cumbias. A living, still evolving art form, conjunto contains the history, stories, and poems in song of Texas Mexicans even as it spreads its influence around the world and into musical genres as diverse as blues, country, rock, rap, reggae, salsa, merengue, jazz, and more. To celebrate and hor the musicians who keep conjunto alive and growing, this book presents an album of color photographs of the most important and influential performers, as well as the dance halls and other venues where people come to enjoy their music. John Dyer captures the dynamic spirit that animates conjunto musicians in his dramatic photographs, which are captioned with micro-biographies of the performers. Interspersed among the images are English and Spanish lyrics that exemplify the poetry and themes of conjunto music. Introducing the photographs are personal essays by Joe Nick Patoski, who describes the origins of the music and its place in contemporary life, and Juan Tejeda, who pays tribute to the importance of conjunto and of musicians such as Valerio Longoria and Tony de la Rosa. Together, the photographs and essays clearly proclaim that conjunto is a true American roots music, as vital and significant as jazz, zydeco, and country bluegrass.
- Author BiographyJOHN DYER is a professional photographer in San Antonio. Early influenced by the work of Russell Lee and Garry Winogrand, he has spent a career documenting the people and culture of San Antonio and South Texas, in addition to commercial work for national magazines and corporate clients. Joe Nick Patoski has been a football nut ever since attending his first football game in 1956 and securing his first chinstrap from his kindergarten teacher, who was married to TCU center Arve Martin. In high school, he participated in the Friday night ritual as a cheerleader for the Arlington Heights High School Yellow Jackets. A former staff writer for Texas Monthly, Patoski has been writing about Texas and Texans for four decades. His many publications include biographies of Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Selena. JUAN TEJEDA, a leading expert on conjunto music and founder of the Tejano Conjunto Festival, is an instructor at Palo Alto College in San Antonio. He coedited Puro Conjunto: An Album in Words and Pictures.
- Author(s)John Dyer
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2005
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note63 color and b&w illus
- Weight663 g
- Width261 mm
- Height260 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Introduction byJoe Nick Patoski
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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