and ’70s news snippets,
interviews, and concert footage,
director Daniel E. Meza brilliantly
relates how racism and the La Raza
movement forged Latin rock. In the
case of El Chicano, the cultural
strife inspired music of great joy.
“We were in the thick of it,” says
bassist Fred Sanchez, “because
[Chicano-power organizers] were
the people who hired El Chicano.
But we contributed by putting
positive stuff out there—music and
happiness.” This is a bold story