The Brazilian Sound: Brazilian Music Essays, Links, Resources & Online Music Shop

The Brazilian Sound:
Exploring Brazilian Music

The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova, and the Popular Music of Brazil

The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa
Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil

"Here is an illustrated guide to the rich music of Brazil—its history, styles, performers, instruments, and impact on musicians around the globe. From the boisterous rhythms of samba to the cool elegance of bossa nova to the hot percussion of Bahian axé music."

The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil (Temple University Press), by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha is the leading guide in English to Brazilian music. Now in its 3rd edition, it has been translated into French, German, Japanese and Korean. A Kindle edition (readable on iPads, PCs and Macs with free Kindle reader apps) is now available, along with the print edition. Click here: The Brazilian Sound.

And, co-author Chris McGowan has a new collection of interviews with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Airto Moreira, Gal Costa, Luciana Souza, Djavan, Gilberto Gil, Dori Caymmi, Sergio Mendes, Cristina Braga, Lenine, and others: The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's Singers, Songwriters, and Musicians Tell the Story of Bossa Nova, MPB, and Brazilian Jazz and Pop.

Samba On Your Feet (The Documentary)

Brazilian Music and DVDs at (U.S.)

Brazilian Music and DVDs at Amazon (U.K.)

Samba, bossa nova, MPB, frevo, forró, choro, Brazilian jazz, maracatu, axé music, lambada, música sertaneja, and funk CDs, MP3s, DVDs, songbooks, musical instruments, and books.


The Brazilian Sound Blog & Archive

Descriptions, musings, notes, and blogs about the music of Brazil. A supplement to the The Brazilian Sound and The Brazilian Music Book.

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Chris McGowan is also a leading

Portuguese/English translator and editor.

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