Tejano Proud
Tex-Mex Music in the Twentieth Century
Texas History - Western History
6.125 x 9.25, 208 pp.
24 b&w photos., 10 tables.
Pub Date: 02/27/2002
Fronteras Series, sponsored by Texas A&M International University
Price:        $17.95


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Awarded the Luciano Guajardo Historical Awareness Award by the Webb County Heritage Foundation for the best book promoting Tejano history and culture; presented May 2002
Awarded the American Association of State and Local History Certificate for Commendation Certificate for Commendation by the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History; presented September 2003

Tejano Proud

Tex-Mex Music in the Twentieth Century

By Guadalupe San Miguel Jr.

From the dance halls to the main stage, from small town Texas to the big cities, and from treasured local cultural traditions to the national display of Mexican Texas' finest talent, música tejana is rapidly becoming known as a rich and vibrant form of American music. In Tejano Proud: Tex-Mex Music in the Twentieth Century, Guadalupe San Miguel, Jr., chronicles the many dimensions of this important musical form.

Rooted in Mexican culture and shaped by influences from the United States and the rest of the world, the diversity and complexity of this music give an expression to the people and the borderlands culture from which the music grew. San Miguel provides an engaging history of the evolution of música tejana—its ups and downs and its importance to Mexican Texas culture in the context of Anglo-Mexican relations. He also discusses the more recent development of the Tejano recording industry and the role women have begun to play in an industry long dominated by men.

The twentieth century has seen Texas Mexican music balance between the traditional and the modern, remaining rooted in Mexico while taking nourishment from Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. This music has helped shape the daily experiences of Mexican Texans. Today, the music's biggest stars are seen as affirming representations of Tejano ethnic pride.

Readers interested not only in music, but also in ethnic studies and popular culture, will appreciate the broad spectrum covered in Tejano Proud: Tex-Mex Music of the Twentieth Century.

Guadalupe San Miguel, Jr., danced and listened his way across Texas to write this book. He currently resides with his family in Houston, Texas, where he is an associate professor of history at the University of Houston

What Readers Are Saying:

“He presents a near flawless time line of how Tejano music has changed according to the evolving tastes and affections of the listeners. While not a musician himself, San Miguel has a keen appreciation for the musical distinctions that have marked Tejano over the decades. For a feet-shuffling look at one of the most important homegrown products of South Texas, tune into Tejano Proud.” --The Monitor

“Guadalupe San Miguel, Jr’s study of musica tejana(music originating in Mexican descent community in Texas) is an outstanding contribution to the growing body of Tejano (Mexican descent Texan) and Mexican American as well as multi-cultural literature. . . San Miguel manages to capture the evolution of musica tejana in a scholarly and well-organized fashion.” --Western Historical Quarterly

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