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Talk by Bryan McCann (Georgetown U): "Bossa Nova Longplay: Getz/Gilberto after 50 Years (or so)"

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Paterno Library, E103 (Mann Assembly Room)

The Hemispheric Americas Lecture Series presents:


Bryan McCann (Georgetown University): "Bossa Nova Longplay: Getz/Gilberto after Fifty Years (or so)"

Tuesday, March 28 @ 1:30pm  Paterno Library E103 (Mann Assembly Room)


This presentation explores the lasting resonance of the iconic 1964 bossa nova album Getz/Gilberto, featuring saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist and singer João Gilberto. Why did Getz/Gilberto become the most famous bossa nova album? How did it come to define a certain seductive cosmopolitanism in the 1960s? What went into the making of the album and why did it resonate with its many admirers? The presentation investigates the meaning and the magic of this famous album.


Bryan McCann is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Georgetown University. He is the author of Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro (2013); The Throes of Democracy: Brazil since 1989 (2008); and Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil (2004).


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