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"Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer"
by Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara
Univesity of California Press (2018)

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

"A pioneer of Chicano rock, Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara performed with Frank Zappa, Johnny Otis, Bo Diddley, Tina Turner, and Celia Cruz, though he is best known as the front man of the 1970s experimental rock band Ruben And The Jets. Here he recounts how his youthful experiences in the barrio La Veinte of Santa Monica in the 1940s prepared him for early success in music and how his triumphs and seductive brushes with stardom were met with tragedy and crushing disappointments. Brutally honest and open, Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer is an often hilarious and self-critical look inside the struggle of becoming an artist and a man. Recognizing racial identity as composite, contested, and complex, Guevara—an American artist of Mexican descent—embraces a Chicano identity of his own design, calling himself a Chicano “culture sculptor” who has worked to transform the aspirations, alienations, and indignities of the Mexican American people into an aesthetic experience that could point the way to liberation."

 


"Voices of Latin Rock- The People and Events That Created This Sound"
by Jim McCarthy with Ron Sansoe
Hal-Leonard (2004)

     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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"In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement"
by Randy J. ONtiveros
New York University Press (2014)

     A scholarly reexamination of the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, "In 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 the twenty-first. 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.


 


"A World of Its Own- Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970" by Matt Garcia
University of North Carolina Press (2001)

     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.


 


"Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers-
Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of 60s Rock
"
by Richie Unterberger
Miller Freeman Books (2000)

Includes a chapter about East L.A. Chicano rock band of the 60s and beyond, Thee Midniters.


 


"The Old Barrio Guide To Low Rider Music, 1950 - 1975"
by Ruben Molina
Mictlan Publishing, in its third edition with more to come.

Included are many Chicano and "Eastside Sound" bands and vocalists related to this website.


 


"Chicano Soul- Recordings & History of An American Culture"
by Ruben Molina
Mictlan Publishing (2007)

     Includes many Chicano and "Eastside Sound" bands and vocalists related to this website.  It also has photos of many of the artists and scans of their records.



 


"The Oracle of DelFi- My Life In Music with Ritchie Valens, Sam Cooke, Frank Zappa,
Barry White and other legends
"
by Bob Keane
DelFi International Books, Los Angeles, California (2006)

     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.


 


"Famous Guitarists I Have Met Who Influenced Me"
by Robert Lee Balderrama
(2019)

     The original and current guitarist of Question Mark & the Mysterians writes about all the famous guitarists who had an influence on his playing.  He also lists and writes about other guitarists he met or played with along the way.  Mark Guerrero is one of those.  Mark met Robert in Pittsburgh, PA in 2010 when he was playing with the Cannibal & the Headhunters Band at the Benedum Auditorium during the taping of a PBS pledge drive special called "'60s Rock, Pop & Soul" that also featured Question Mark & the Mysterians.  Balderrama also writes, records, and plays smooth jazz with his own band, the Robert Lee Revue.  The book is available on the Facebook page RLB Publishing.

 


"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

 


"Mexican Americans In Los Angeles"
by Alex Moreno Areyan
Arcadia Publishing (2010)

     Includes photos and information on Lalo Guerrero, Mark Guerrero, Don Tosti, Chico Sesma, Ritchie Valens, Chan Romero, El Chicano, and Geri "Geree" Gonzalez.

 


"Mariachi For Gringos"
by Gil Sperry
Amigo Del Mar Press (2006)

This is a very helpful guide to the history of mariachi music from Mexico. The book also includes the lyrics and music of 50 well known mariachi songs, Spanish and English lyrics, Sheet music. Plus history, FAQs, Playlist This book is a nice introduction to Mariachi music.  It's available at amazon.com.

 


"The Latin Beat-
The Rhythms and Roots of Latin Music From Bossa Nova To Salsa and Beyond
"
by Ed Morales
Da Capo Press- a Member of the Perseus Books Group (2003)

 


"Chicano Popular Culture- Que Hable el Pueblo"
by Charles M. Tatum
University of Arizona Press (2001)

     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, AZ (1987)

 


"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.


 


"Mexican and Chicano Music"
by José "Pepe" Villarino
The McGraw Hill Publishing Companies, Inc.- Primus Custom Publishing (1996), second edition (1999)

Has part of a chapter devoted to the life and career of Lalo Guerrero.


 

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