1967 The Year That Changed Everything

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/06/2017 - 02:06 pm

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1967's Summer of Love turned out to be Brazil’s winter of discontent. This week, you can catch our streaming special on one of the most important years in Brazilian music. 

The Year That Changed Everything

Few years resonate with more energy and contrast that 1967 in Brazil, and for those who follow such things (like us, for example), it’s a year that could be easily overlooked at first glance.

After all, the years that grab the headlines for Brazilian music find the spotlight pretty easily... 1958 marked the birth of Bossa Nova, 1964 introduced us to ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ and then there's that whole Brasil 66 thing. Beyond that, the path becomes an overgrown trail...

But why? Because today’s headlines are not the stories of the past. 

Culture is the catalyst for creativity and the stories that came out of Brazil in 1967 are epic. What began as the Summer of Love in England and the USA devolved into social upheaval, political scandal and a young generation ready to make its voice heard, and for Brazilians the impact of these events on their homeland were amplified beyond understanding.

Military Dictatorship. Repression. The Beatles. Music became the pressure valve.

If you lived it, then you know. If not, then prepare for a cross-cultural deep dive as we trace Brazil’s cultural timeline back 50 years, to explore a pivotal point in Brazilian music.



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A Story That Moved Beyond Borders

Rio de Janeiro, October 22, 1967. We’re in the studio audience at TV Globo, Brazil’s top network, just in time to catch the balloting results for the 2nd International Festival of Song competition. Gutemberg Guarabira wins, going on to become a footnote in the history of MPB while a young songwriter by the name of Milton Nascimento claims second place, along with the prize for ‘best performance’ with his song ‘Travessia’ (Bridges).

He survives some pretty stiff competiton from a songwriting field that includes Chico Buarque, Sergio Mendes and Dori Caymmi. He also survives the judges – all but one were prepared to cut him after the first round.

A year earlier, another of his songs, ‘Canção do Sal’ (Salt Song) was recorded by the great Elis Regina. A little more than a year from today Milton Nascimento will find himself in a US recording studio, singing in Engish for a session that will vitrulaly mirror his debut album in Brazil.

Now, as he stands on stage in front of us, basking in the glow of his accomplishments, he has no idea that the offer for that very first recording is just around the corner.

Milton Nascimento is three days away from his 25th birthday. Read more.


Playlist Highlights 

On the playlist: A dozen and half songs bring Brazil's 1967 story to life this week. The year was marked by debut recordings for Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, the Sinatra/Jobim album, the rise of Tropicalia and Bossa Nova's popularity in the USA. Plus a 1967 birthday surprise, too.

There's new music from Jose Marinio & Friends, too.

More? You can hear many more songs from our playlist on The Sounds of Brazil’s live stream daily.

Happy Listening,

Scott Adams

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This Week on The Sounds of Brazil : '1967'

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