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  • Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life

    Author(s): Lila Ellen Gray
    Published: 2013
    Pages: 328
    Illustrations: 22 photographs (incl. 10 in color), 10 figures
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    978-0-8223-5471-0
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    978-0-8223-5459-8
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  • List of Illustrations  ix
    Acknowledgments  xiii
    Introduction  1
    1. Pedagogies of the Soulful in Sound  27
    2. Affects of History  70
    3. Fado's City  105
    4. Styling Soulfulness  139
    5. The Gender of Genre  158
    6. Haunted by a Throat of Silver  179
    Afterword: The Tangibility of Genre  227
    Appendixes: Fado Vitória  
    Transcriptions  231
    Notes  243
    References  281
    Index  295
  • "Resounding History is an impressive and engaging book, one which will expand understanding of fado beyond Portugal. Lila Ellen Gray takes up a wide range of topics, discussing fado in relation to emotion, historical mythologies, gender, and the idea of 'soulfulness,' as well as Lisbon, national identity, and world music. This is a stimulating contribution to the anthropology of expressive cultural forms."—João Leal, Universidade Nova de Lisboa —

    "Lila Ellen Gray positions Lisbon's amateur fado scene in terms of all the contestation about what fado is and where the action is taking place. This positioning is a unique and valuable contribution to music ethnography, and Gray does major and convincing intellectual work arguing for 'amateur' scenes as paths into the deepest musical and ethnographic understandings of genre, style, performance, poesis, and the ways that sociality is lived and experienced through sound."—Steven Feld, author of Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: A Memoir of Five Musical Years in Ghana

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  • Description

    Fado, Portugal's most celebrated genre of popular music, can be heard in Lisbon clubs, concert halls, tourist sites, and neighborhood bars. Fado sounds traverse the globe, on internationally marketed recordings, as the "soul" of Lisbon. A fadista might sing until her throat hurts, the voice hovering on the break of a sob; in moments of sung beauty listeners sometimes cry. Providing an ethnographic account of Lisbon's fado scene, Lila Ellen Gray draws on research conducted with amateur fado musicians, fadistas, communities of listeners, poets, fans, and cultural brokers during the first decade of the twenty-first century. She demonstrates the power of music to transform history and place into feeling in a rapidly modernizing nation on Europe's periphery, a country no longer a dictatorship or an imperial power. Gray emphasizes the power of the genre to absorb sounds, memories, histories, and styles and transform them into new narratives of meaning and "soul."

    About The Author(s)

    Lila Ellen Gray is Associate Professor of Music at Columbia University.

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