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     The following books, in part or in their entirety, contain information about Chicano music or musicians.  Below some of the titles I mention the artists related to my website that are featured in the books.  Click on the titles with links for my reviews.

"Face and Heart- An Aztec Tale"
A song by Mark Guerrero Illustrated by
Shadow Ridge School Art & Media high school students (2019)

     The Aztec elders taught their children to be very respectful towards others. These rules were called the huehuetlatolli or “words of the elders.” Part of this training included teaching their young the universal truth of their concept of “face and heart.”  The Aztecs believed that the face represents your character, the basis of honesty and integrity; your heart, love and compassion for your fellow man. Together, an Aztec who exhibited a balance of both was deemed a quality member of society.  It's a book designed to teach children these values.  Click here to purchase the book at amazon.com.


"Land of a Thousand Dances- Chicano Rock & Roll from Southern California"
by David Reyes and Tom Waldman
University of New Mexico Press (1998)

     Contains information on the careers of Lalo Guerrero, Mark Guerrero, and many of the Chicano and "Eastside Sound" musicians featured on this website.  It also has photos of Lalo Guerrero, Mark Guerrero's early bands Mark & the Escorts and Tango, and other East L.A. musical artists.


"Good Morning Aztlán"
by Louie Perez
Tia Chucha Press (2018)

Below is the description of the book on amazon.com:

"Louie Pérez is a master musician and innovative visual artist who has spent the last forty years as founding member and principal songwriter for the internationally acclaimed group Los Lobos. Working with his songwriting partner, David Hidalgo, Pérez has written more than four hundred songs. Many of those songs, along with previously unpublished poems and short stories as well as paintings, sketches, and photos, are collected in this deeply personal, yet universally appealing volume. The book also features essays by musicians, artists and scholars who artfully dissect the significance of Pérez’ work. Good Morning, Aztlán is, without question, a different kind of memoir." 
Click here to go to amazon.com for information on Louie Perez and to purchase the book.


"Playing With Fire- Paintings by Carlos Almaraz"
LACMA catalogue (hard cover)
LACMA- Delmonico- Prestel (2017)

Mark Guerrero contributed a written piece on Carlos Almaraz in the "Other Voices" section of the book.


"The Doors- Summer's Gone"
by Harvey Kubernik
Other World Cottage Industries, Los Angeles (2018)

     A compilation of written pieces on the Doors by musicians and other music-related people such as Steve Van Zandt, Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Burton Cummings, Ram Dass, and filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker.  Mark Guerrero contributed a written Doors-related piece on page 58.


"Long Promised Road- CArl Wilson, Soul of the Beach Boys The Biography"
by Kent Crowley
A Jawbone Book (2015)

     Biography of Carl Wilson, lead guitarist and vocalist for the Beach Boys.  Mark Guerrero is quoted on page 57.


"Come And Get Your Love- A Celebratory Ode To Redbone (1939 - Present)"
by Pat "Redbone" Vegas
Edited by Jim Hoffman (2017)

     The autobiography of founding member of Redbone, Pat Vegas.  Pat tells the story of Redbone as he remembers it.  He tells the story from he and his brother Lolly's childhood in Fresno, California to their days as Pat & Lolly Vegas in Hollywood and their legendary band, Redbone.  Jim Hoffman who put the book together, created a section of the book called "The Teepee," where where different people related to Redbone write what they have to say about the band including Bunny Brunel, Pete DePoe (original drummer), yours truly Mark Guerrero, Jim Hoffman, Mike Kowalski, Butch Rillera (drummer who succeeded Pete DePoe), Ryan Settee, and Christian Staebler.  It's available on amazon.com as a soft cover book.  Click here to order.



"Neil Young- Heart of Gold"
by Harvey Kubernik
Back Beat Books (2016)

Mark Guerrero is quoted twice in the book on Neil Young and his music.


"Turn Up the Radio: Rock, Pop, and Roll In Los Angleles 1956-1972"
by Harvey Kubernik
Santa Monica Press (2014)

     Mark Guerrero is quoted throughout the book on the Eastside Sound, various musical experiences, and the greater music scene of Los Angeles during the period.  Mark also contributed many of his archival photos and flyers for the book.  You can order the book from the amazon.com link below.


"It Was Fifty Years Ago Today- The Beatles Invade America and Hollywood"
by Harvey Kubernik
Otherworld Cottage Industries (2014)

     Mark Guerrero talks about his experiences growing up on The Beatles, their impact on the East Los Angeles / Chicano music scene, his trips to Liverpool, and more, (pages 104 - 107).


"King Kong Pete"
by Pete DePoe
Edited by Jim Hoffman (2017)

     Autobiography of the legendary original drummer of Redbone, Pete DePoe.  He's outspoken and brutally honest about his career and views.  Mark Guerrero contributes two pages on Pete's drumming and a couple of stories Pete told him in various conversations.


"Lalo, My Life and Music"
by Lalo Guerrero and Sherilyn Meece Mentes
University of Arizona Press (2002)


"Los Lobos- 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.


"Barrio Rhythm- Mexican-American Music in Los Angeles"
by Steven Loza
University of
Illinois Press (1993)

     Contains a chapter on the career of Lalo Guerrero and information on many other East L.A. and "Eastside Sound" musical artists featured on this website.


"Riot On the Sunset Strip"
by Dominic Priore
published in the U.S. and U.K. by Jawbone Press (2007)

     Includes a chapter called "The Roots of Los Angeles Rock 'n' Roll," which has five pages devoted to the East L.A. Chicano rock music scene of the mid-sixties.  Contains information on Thee Midniters, Cannibal & the Headhunters, The Premiers, The Blendells, Chan Romero, Ritchie Valens, Lalo Guerrero, Mark Guerrero's 60s band Mark & the Escorts, Little Ray Jimenez, The Romancers, Pat & Lolly Vegas, The Mixtures, and Ronnie & the Casuals.


"Zoot Suit and Other Plays"
by Luis Valdez
Arte Publico Press, University of Houston (1992)
Click here to read a synopsis of the play "Zoot Suit."  Click here to order the movie.
The book is available at amazon.com at the link below

     The music in this play was written by Lalo Guerrero in the late forties, "Los Chucos Suaves," "Vamos a Bailar," "Chicas Patas Boogie," and "Marihuana Boogie."


"Living the Blues- Canned Heat's story of Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival"
by Fito de la Parra with T.W. and Marlane McGarry
published by Canned Heat Music, P.O. Box 52, Nipomo, CA 93444 (2000)

     Fito de la Parra, who was born in Mexico, started as the drummer for Canned Heat since before their legendary performance at Woodstock and has continued to the present as leader of the band.


"Mexican-American Mojo- Popular Music, Dance, and Urban Culture in Los Angeles, 1935-1968" by Anthony Macias
Duke University Press (2008)

     Has information on the East L.A. music scene of the 60s and the music and career of Lalo Guerrero, Don Tosti, Chico Sesma, and others.


"Wild Tongues"
by Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz
University of Texas Press (2013)

     Contains a large section on Lalo Guerrero and his pachuco music with many of his lyrics included.  Also, a section about my brother Dan and the social impact of his one-man show, "Gaytino."   


"Rock the Nation: Latino Identities and the Latin Rock Dispora"
by Roberto Avant-Mier
Continuum International Publishing Group (2010)

     Contains a large section on Lalo Guerrero, pachuco music, the Chicano garage rock bands of the 60s, Chicano punk, and rock music in Mexico.  This is a scholarly look at the influence and contributions made by Latino(a) musical artists.  In the authors' own words, "the Latin/o Rock Diaspora illuminates complex identity issues and interesting paradoxes with regard to identity politics, such as nationalism. Latino/as use rock music for assimilation to mainstream North American culture, while in Latin America, rock music in Spanish is used to resist English and the hegemony of U.S. culture. Meanwhile, singing in English and adopting U.S. popular culture allows youth to resist the hegemonic nationalisms of their own countries. Thus, throughout the Americas, Latino/as utilize rock music for assimilation to mainstream national culture(s), for resistance to the hegemony of dominant culture(s), and for mediating the negotiation of Latino/a identities."


"The Mexican American Orquesta"
by Manuel Peña
University of Texas Press (1999)

     Contains information on the careers of Lalo Guerrero, Don Tosti, Manny Lopez, Chico Sesma, Los Lobos, Thee Midniters, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Little Joe Hernandez, and Sunny Ozuna.


"Los Tucsonenses"
by Thomas E. Sheridan
University of Arizona Press (1986)

     Contains information of the career of Lalo Guerrero, Linda Ronstadt, Luisa Espinel (Ronstadt's aunt), and other artists native to Tucson, Arizona.


"Tucson- A History of the Old Pueblo from the 1854 Gadsden Purchase"
by David Devine
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Jefferson, North Carolina (2015)

     From goodreads.com- "Tracing the remarkable history of Tucson, Arizona since 1854, this book reveals multiple aspects of the community- its numerous ceremonies and customs, its multitude of problems, its long list of accomplishments, and its racial divides.  It examines why the Tucson of today is the way it is- a diverse metropolitan region of almost one million people that sprawls across the Sonoran Desert."  Lalo Guerrero is mentioned in two places.


"Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture"
edited by Cordelia Chavez Candelaria, Arturo J. Aldama, Peter J. Garcia, and Alma Alvarez-Smith, Greenwood Press (2004)

     Contains a six page entry on Chicano music in Southern California from the late forties through the 1980s written by Mark Guerrero.

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