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.
"Chuy de Cabra" by Max Uballez and Alexander Uballez
Chuy de Cabra Books, a division of Xela-Co Media, LLC (2014)
This work of fiction
takes you on a trip to other worlds and realities and the City
of Angels while sharing
bits of social commentary. Chuy de Cabra's personal quest
for identity entangles him in a clash with the supernatural
demons of his ancestors and the everyday demons on the streets
of East Los Angeles. Is he an alien? Is he a
monster? Will his search for identity save him from his
nightmares of will it destroy his future? Created and
co-written by Max Uballez, who was leader and founding member of
the seminal "Eastside Sound" band The Romancers.
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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.
"My Father and
the Mexican Revolution" by Carmencristina Moreno
Tulee Books (2013)
An account of the
lives and careers of the author's parents, who were a
traditional Mexican country music vocal duo, El Dueto de Los
Moreno. Their lives are told along with the 1910 Mexican
revolution as it affected them. Two CDs of songs of the
revolution are included in the book performed by Carmencristina
Moreno. Disk One is in Spanish. The same songs are
on Disc Two are in Spanish with spoken English translation.
To order the book, send $35 check or money order to: Tulee
Books, P.O. Box 1022, Fresno, CA 93714
Americans In Los Angeles" by Alex Moreno Areyan
Arcadia Publishing (2010)
and information on Lalo Guerrero, Mark Guerrero, Don Tosti,
Chico Sesma, Ritchie Valens, Chan Romero, El Chicano, and Geri "Geree"
Gringos" by Gil Sperry
Amigo Del Mar Press (2006)
Includes a chapter
on Chicano music on the west coast, which has information on
Lalo Guerrero, Ritchie Valens, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Thee
Midniters, Ruben & the Jets, Los Lobos, and some of the Chicano
punk bands of the late 70s and early 80s.
"Ritchie Valens: The First Latino Rocker" by Beverly Mendheim
Bilingual Review Press,
"Fathers- The Journey to the Grammy's"
by Bobby Avila
Author House (2008)
The true story of an East L.A. musician of the 60s whose sons,
with the help and guidance of their father, went on to win
Grammys as artists in the music industry. Avila also
mentions Mark Guerrero, Little Ray Jimenez and others he grew up
with in the 60s.