Narcocorridos: The Music of Drugs and Crime

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Corridos, the traditional ballads that celebrate many of the outlaws-turned-folk heroes of Mexico's past, go back to the 19th Century. The music became a lyric chronicle of working class life, a vehicle for social and political protest. Today, the genre has been transformed yet again, this time into a Mexican version of gangster rap that's thrilling fans and making big money for record companies north and south of the border. Popular topics range from cocaine smuggling to the Rodney King riots and the terrorist attacks of September 11. Grammy-winner, musician and writer Elijah Wald is the author of Narcocorridos: the Music of Drugs, Guns and Guerrillas. Wald shares snippets and snapshots of this music and mythology of drug culture.
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Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns and Guerrillas

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