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The Tijuana Sound

Josh Kun

in Transnational Encounters

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735921
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918607 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735921.003.0012
The Tijuana Sound

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This study of 1960s Tijuana rock scene puts in evidence the globalized character of a city that, although often criticized by both American and Mexican discourses of identity, has often provided a musical answer to the desires for cosmopolitanism of Mexican youngsters throughout the country. By tackling recordings by American and Mexican musicians, Kun examines how the development of an American “Tijuana Sound” helped in the development of an American imaginary of the border and how it overshadowed the musical practices of young tijuanenses who were resignifying American rock from a border perspective. Kun's narrative style, based on the historical contextualization of a number of well-known and obscure LPs, is a model of how to approach recordings as documents that illuminate transnational cultural practices and discourses at specific historical moments.

Keywords: Tijuana; Herb Alpert; rock; resignification

Chapter.  9968 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology ; American Music

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