El Chicano In the Eye of the Storm

July 1, 2010

gp0710_riftop_mm2Juxtaposing ’60s and ’70s news snippets, band 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 beautifully—and sometimes painfully—told. Inakustik.

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