How much can you discover about Brazilian music and culture by way of the internet? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by clicking through what looks interesting to you.
Dusty Groove America (LPs, CDs): www.dustygroove.com
Mel Bay Publications (Brazilian/guitar music): www.melbay.com
Tropical Music Export (instruments, accessories): www.tropicalmusic.com
Tropical Music (CDs, books, etc.): www.tropical-music.com
There is a variety of printed materials about Brazilian music. Some are published in English, some in Portuguese, some in both languages. Quality and depth of coverage vary quite a bit, but these are among the best of the titles out there. Pictured at right, one of your best bets, The Brazilian Sound by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha. For these and other titles, begin your search at Luso-Brazilian Books (www.lusobraz.com).
Anthology of Popular Brazilian Music of the 19th Century, Flavio Henrique Medeiros and Carlos Amada.
Bossa Nova, Ruy Castro. A Cappella.
Brazilian Jazz Guitar, John Zaradin, Mike Christiansen.
Brazilian Music Workshop (English video available with CD examples), A. Adolpho. Advance Music.
Brazilian Popular Music and Globalization, C.A. Perrone, C. Dunn. Univ. of Florida Press.
The Brazilian Sound, C. McGowan, R. Pessanha. Temple.
The Great Guitarists of Brazil Series. Guitar Solo Publications (www.gspguitar.com).
Choro do Quintal ao Municipal, H. Cazes. Editora 34.
Escola Moderna do Cavaquinho, H. Cazes. Luminar Editora.
Música Brasileira para Contrabaixo, A. Giffoni, Irmãos Vitale. S/A Industriar.
O Mestre Do Cavaquinho, Waldir Azevedo. Todamerica Musica LTDA (Tropical).
Luminar Editoria, publisher of methods, biographies and song books, available through Luso-Brazilian Books.