"Inadequately described as the John Lennon or the Bob Dylan of his country, Caetano Veloso has virtually personified Brazilian music for thirty-five years. Now, in his long-awaited memoir, he tells the heroic story of how, in the late sixties, he and a group of friends from the Northeastern state of Bahia created tropicalismo, the movement that shook Brazilian culture - and civic order - to its foundations and pushed a nation then on the margins of world politics and economics into the pop avant-garde.".
"Tropical Truth begins with a childhood in the Bahian hinterland, where Caetano (as Brazilians of all ages now call him) first heard not only the musical traditions of his own country and her Latin neighbors, but also the giants of postwar American song: Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Chet Baker, to name but a few.
While teenagers in America would soon be enthralled by the primal (and commercial) beat of rock-n-roll, in Brazil it was bossa nova, that sublimely sophisticated music, that was to become the soundtrack of a generation. Inspired above all by bossa nova's supreme master, Joao Gilberto, Caetano and his crew would set about creating a totally new sound.
Tropicalismo would aim to "cannibalize" the extraordinary beauty and richness of Brazil's musical past but at the same time to assimilate eclectically the most original elements of Anglo-American pop, an influence many rejected as yet another form of imperialism corrupting Brazil's "authentic" character."--BOOK JACKET.