Dream In Blue" By Chris Morris
University of Texas Press- Austin (2016)
"Los Lobos," the
first book on this unique band traces the entire arc of their
career. Music journalist Chris Morris draws on new
interviews with Los Lobos members and their principal
collaborators, as well as his own reporting since the early '80s
to recount the evolution of Los Lobos' music.
"Under the Big
BlackSun- a personal history of L.A. Punk" by John Doe with Tom Desavia
Da Capo Press (2016)
An up close and
personal account of the L.A. punk scene as told by those who
were there. The book explores the nascent Los Angeles punk
movement and its evolution to hard core punk. It's the
story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977 to 1982.
Included are essays by Dave Alvin (Blasters), Henry Rollins
(Black Flag), Exene Cervenka (X), and East L.A. punk rocker
Teresa Covarrubias (The Brat). Other East L.A. bands
featured besides The Brat include Los Lobos, Los Illegals, and
Tito Larrivas' band, The Plugz.
Although the book
is mainly about the Latin rock boom of the late 60s and early
70s in San Francisco, it also covers East L.A. and Chicano bands
with some detail on El Chicano. Other East L.A. bands
mentioned include Thee Midniters featuring
Little Willie G., Cannibal & the Headhunters, Macondo,
Tierra, Redbone, Yaqui, The Village Callers, and my 70s band, Tango. It also
mentions the Eastside bands that followed in the late 70s/early
80s; Cruzados, Los Illegals,
and Los Lobos.
Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano
by Randy J. ONtiveros
New York University Press (2014)
A scholarly reexamination of the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and
the Spirit of a New People" brings
to light new insights about social activism in the
twentieth-century and new lessons for progressive politics in
Randy J. Ontiveros explores the ways in which Chicano/a artists
and activists used fiction, poetry, visual arts, theater, and
other expressive forms to forge a common purpose and to
challenge inequality in America. Mark Guerrero is
mentioned as one of the movement artists that were able to make
a career out of their creativity. Also mentioned in this
regard are artists such as Jesus Treviño in film, Gronk in art,
and Luis Valdez in theater.
Includes a chapter which focuses on two major Chicano/Latin
dance and show venues,
Rainbow Gardens in Pomona and the El Monte Legion Stadium.
The Mixtures, Thee Midniters,
Ronnie & the Casuals, and Rosie & the Originals, among
others are featured or mentioned.
As the title
implies, there's a lot of information on Ritchie Valens.
Also mentioned are other Chicano and East L.A. musical artists
that worked with Bob Keane, including Little Ray Jimenez,
Ronnie & the Casuals, and The Sisters.