“<i>Todos me llaman El Gringo</i>”

Lillian Gorman

in Transnational Encounters

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735921
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918607 | DOI:
“Todos me llaman El Gringo”

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This chapter explores the difficult relationship between the ideas of appropriation, dispossession, authenticity, and sincerity behind any trans-ethnic musical borrowing. Through a critique of El Gringo, an Anglo musician who has developed a musical persona through the adoption of Nuevomexicana music, the author problematizes Madrid's notion of “dialectical soundings” suggesting that music and its performance might not only make visible hidden social stories and experiences, but in fact could also work as an active force in some processes of cultural and ethnic erasure.

Keywords: New Mexico; El Gringo; trans-ethnicity; erasure

Chapter.  12789 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology ; American Music

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