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Caetano Veloso: Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil (Knopf)

Will Hermes, Village Voice, The, 24 September 2002

IT'S TOUGH TO imagine an American pop star penning a memoir like Tropical Truth. That's not just because our musical celebs are rarely imprisoned for their aesthetic politics, as Veloso was in Brazil in the late '60s, but also because few would use an autobiography to analyze the history of concrete poetry, parse new wave cinema, ponder national identity, and—despite 35 years of world-class songwriting—regret choosing music as a career.

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