Graciela Hinojosa Holguín & Jorge Holguín (Part 2, English)


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A dancer and a musician, this couple has been a part of the history of Mexican traditional musics in the LA area for more than half a century! We interview them in a double episode.


The great majority of sources about twentieth-century Mexican music in Los Angeles are in English. In order not to present two very different-sized bibliographies, we have combined them here into a single document.

Mariachi & Son jarocho in LA & at UCLA

Alexandro Hernández, “The Son Jarocho and Fandango Amidst Struggle and Social Movements:Migratory Transformation and Reinterpretation of the Son Jarocho in La Nueva España, México, and the United States. “ PhD Dissertation, UCLA. 2014

Loza, Steven. Barrio Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles. Vol. 517. University of Illinois Press, 1993.

----------------- "From Veracruz to Los Angeles: The Reinterpretation of the" Son Jarocho"." Latin American Music Review/Revista de Música Latinoamericana 13.2 (1992): 179-194.

Maureen Russell, “Highlights from the Ethnomusicology Archive: Music of Mexico Ensemble.” Nov. 2012

----------------------“Special Guest: Dr. Robert Saxe and the Music of Mexico Ensemble, 1964” -- Ethnomusicology Review

Salazar, Lauryn Camille. "From Fiesta to Festival: Mariachi Music in California and the Southwestern United States." PhD diss., UCLA, 2011.

El Ballet Folklórico

“Emilio Pulido Interview, 1999) -- USC Digital Library

“A History of Mexican Folklórico in Southern California” -- The Dance History Project of Southern California

“Grupo Folklorico de UCLA” --

“The Role of Folklorico and Danzantes Unidos in the Chican@ Movement” -- Eve Marie Delfin

El Mestizaje

A great deal has been written (and debated) around this theme; even a representative bibliography is not within the scope of this document. We offer here just a couple of classic sources, in which the idea of Mexican national identity as a “mixture” was developed.

José Vasconcelos. La Raza Cósmica. Misión de la raza iberoamericana. Notas de viajes a la América del Sur. (1925) Madrid, Spain : Aguilar, 1966.

Bilingual edition:

Cosmic race: a bilingual edition. Translated and annotated by Didier T. Jaén

Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997

Octavio Paz. t

El laberinto de la soledad. (1950) ed. por Anthony Stanton. Manchester University Press/ Palgrave, 2008.

English translation:

The labyrinth of solitude: life and thought in Mexico, by Octavio Paz. Translated by Lysander Kemp. New York : Grove Press, 1961.

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