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
to purchase the book at amazon.com.
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.
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songs, along with previously unpublished poems and short stories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.
Fire- Paintings by Carlos Almaraz" LACMA catalogue (hard cover)
LACMA- Delmonico- Prestel (2017)
contributed a written piece on Carlos Almaraz in the "Other
Voices" section of the book.
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.
Road- CArl Wilson, Soul of the Beach Boys The Biography" byKent Crowley
A Jawbone Book (2015)
Biography of Carl Wilson, lead guitarist and vocalist for the
Beach Boys. Mark Guerrero is quoted on page 57.
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
Heart of Gold" by Harvey Kubernik
Back Beat Books (2016)
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)
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)
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).
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
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.
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.
Suit and Other Plays"
by Luis Valdez
Arte Publico Press, University of Houston (1992)
to read a synopsis of the play "Zoot Suit."
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
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."
information of the career of Lalo Guerrero, Linda Ronstadt,
Luisa Espinel (Ronstadt's aunt), and other artists native to
History of the Old Pueblo from the 1854 Gadsden Purchase" by David Devine
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Jefferson, North Carolina (2015)
"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.