Charlie Rose Interviews Caetano Veloso

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Tuesday May 11, 2004

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Veloso is one of the most popular and influential Brazilian composers and singers.

Veloso began his career singing bossa nova. With such musical collaborators Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tom Zé, Chico Buarque, and Os Mutantes, and a strong influence of the later work of The Beatles, Veloso developed tropicalismo, which fused Brazilian pop with rock and roll and avant garde music resulting in a more international, psychedelic, and socially aware sound. Veloso’s politically active stance, unapologetically leftist, earned him the enmity of Brazil’s military dictatorship which ruled until 1985. His songs were frequently censored, and some were banned.

In the 1980s, Veloso’s popularity outside Brazil grew, especially in Israel, Portugal, France and Africa. In the United States, his records produced by Arto Lindsay helped gain him a larger audience. By 2004, he was one of the most respected and prolific international pop stars, with more than fifty recordings available, including songs in soundtracks of movies such as Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘Eros,’ Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Hable con Ella’ (Talk to Her), and ‘Frida.’ In 2002 Veloso published an account of his early years and the Tropicalia movement, ‘Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil.’ His first all-English CD was ‘A Foreign Sound’ (2004), which covers Nirvana’s ‘Come as You Are’ and compositions from the ‘Great American Songbook.’ His album, ‘Cê,’ was released in the U.S. by Nonesuch Records in January 2007.

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