"Maracatu Atômico" is the first academic work to investigate the mangue movement, one of Brazil's most vital pop culture trends of the last thirty years, and the related "new music scene" of Northeast Brazil. Contending with the widespread poverty and social problems, mangue places a renewed value on the local environment and its myriad folk traditions while embracing modern, global pop influences and technology. The book provides historical and ethnographic accounts of the movement, analyzes salient examples of folk and pop fusion music, and enters recent debates about postmodernity, globalization, and "world music" in an attempt to understand better how local musicians in one "Third World" region interact within a more global cultural system.
Acknowledgments Preface Chapter 1. Introduction My Introduction to Mangue and the "New Music Scene" of Recife The Objective, Scope, and Basic Findings of The Research A Review of Literature on Brazilian Popular Music Theoretical Orientation Research Methods and Fieldwork Synopsis Organization of the Dissertation Some Background on Recife Chapter 2. "Da Lama Ao Caos" (From Mud to Chaos): A History of the Mangue Movement and "New Music Scene" of Recife Introduction Setting the Scene: Recife in the 1980s The Emergence of Chico Science and Nação Zumbi Mundo Livre S/A (Free World Ltd.) Fred Zero Quatro and Chico Science Meet: the Making Of Mangue The Beginnings of a"New Music Scene" The Manifesto Mangue The Consolidation of Recife's "New Music Scene" Mangue to the World The Recife Scene Loses Its "Greatest Exponent" Chapter 3. Mangue In The Context Of Brazilian Pop Music History: A Comparison With Other Movements Introduction Tropicália Pernambucan Precedents to Mangue Rock Brasil: The 1980s Boom in Brazilian Rock Chapter 4. "É Do Caralho Ser Pernambucano, Pôrra!" ("It's Damn Cool To Be Pernambucan!"): An Ethnography of the Recife Music Scene