Thursday, April 24, 2008
FROM RANCHERAS TO RAP: THE PROGRESSION
Following Lalo Guerrero's breakthrough, Chicano music continued to evolve alongside mainstream genres. The 1960s and 1970s brought forth a movement of Chicano rock, loosely defined as music performed by Chicano artists or featuring themes of Chicano culture. Well-known artists included Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, Johnny Rodriguez & Linda Ronstadt.
Chicano punk was a derivative of the rock movement, though not as widely known. The most notable Chicano punk rock group in the ' 60s was ? Mark and the Mysterians--primarily comprised of Mexican-Americans musicians. Though their star has waned considerably since that era, ? Mark and the Mysterians continue to perform today. In fact, they even have a MySpace featuring videos, upcoming shows, and band info. The video for their most famous song, "96 Tears," is featured below: