A Week in the Life of Gustavo

"Seems to think that if he fails to write, la migra will find him."--OC Weekly More merriment available at ronmaydon@yahoo.com

sexta-feira, setembro 19, 2003

I don't mind others using my articles as long as they cite me, but look at the following case posted on Pacific News Service...

Economic Crisis Fuels Ska and Punk Rock Movement in Argentina

Argentina's economic crisis has dramatically changed the country's music scene, fueling a rebirth of independently produced ska and punk music, reports the Sept. 9 edition of LatinoLA.com.

Ska, the predecessor of reggae, originated in Jamaica in the 1950s and '60s and traveled to England along with Jamaican blue-collar workers, where it mixed with punk sounds in the 1970's. A second wave of ska bands arose in New York City and the underground movements of punk and ska spread worldwide.

In Argentina, political repression during rule of a military junta in the late 1970's served as a target for the pointed anti-establishment messages in punk music and lyrics.

Today the country's economic crisis is stirring a resurgence in punk and ska, says record producer Diego Rives, according to Latino L.A.

Argentina's original punk rock group Los Violadores—formed in 1980 when the country was still under a military dictatorship—was arrested along with the audience during its first show.

Since the collapse of Argentina's economy in 2001, musicians and big record labels can no longer make a lot of money, and record stores and local distributors have reduced prices to make buying music affordable again. Meanwhile, the public is now much more interested in buying from smaller independent producers, whose prices are remarkably cheaper (the equivalent of $5 compared with the $20-$25 larger companies charge) and whose defiant music and lyrics reflect their anger over the chaos of the Argentine economy, reports Latino L.A.

Lately, the 1981 song "Represión" by Los Violadores has been heard on the radio because its message continues to resonate with listeners, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Observant readers of my work--all five of you--will remember that the article on Rives originally appeared in the Rag. I allowed LatinoLA.com to reprint it because I like their work and it gets me more cheap publicity. And I don't mind Pacific News Service to cite my article as a harbinger of a trend--but mention my name at least, no? Ah, the wounded ego of a reporter--nothing more pitiful on this planet.