"Todos me llaman El Gringo"

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This chapter explores the difficult relationship between the ideas of appropriation, dispossession, authenticity, and sincerity behind any trans-ethnic musical borrowing. Through a critique of El Gringo, an Anglo musician who has developed a musical persona through the adoption of Nuevomexicana music, the author problematizes Madrid's notion of "dialectical soundings" suggesting that music and its performance might not only make visible hidden social stories and experiences, but in fact could also work as an active force in some processes of cultural and ethnic erasure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransnational Encounters
Subtitle of host publicationMusic and Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199918607
ISBN (Print)9780199735921
StatePublished - Oct 28 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • El gringo
  • Erasure
  • New mexico
  • Trans-ethnicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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