Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

4-13-2008

School

School of Communication

Major

Communication Studies: Journalism

Primary Subject Area

History, Latin American

Keywords

Brazil, Brazilian dictatorship, protest songs, MPB, rhetorical analysis

Disciplines

International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

In 1964, Brazil suffered a military coup that established a dictatorship in the country until 1985. During this period, the armed forces used unrestrained violence to suppress the opposition, and the government placed a heavy censorship on the media and the arts. Music was a targeted area due to its great influence on society, especially on the youth, and many songwriters and singers were exiled. In order to escape from the censors and still be able to convey a revolutionary message to the people, they had to use different literary devices and create new methods of writing. It was in this context that a new and unique segment in Brazilian music emerged–the so-called “protest songs.”

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