Focusing on the cultural debate within the left during the Popular Unity government in Chile (1970-73), Chilean New Song and the Question of Culture in the Allende Government situates the discourses and artistic production linked to the Chilean New Song movement, in order to demonstrate that the musicians were part of the committed intelligentsia. Thus, they actively participated in the discussion and proposal of ways to integrate culture in the revolutionary process, playing an important political and cultural role. The analysis is mainly based on the government-friendly press and on records released between 1970 and 1973, verifying how the main trends observed in the cultural debate were expressed in the movement; the extent to which the positions defended by the musicians have been in tune with governmental purposes; and if they have in fact influenced the cultural policies debated and pursued by Popular Unity.
Natália Ayo Schmiedecke is research associate at the University of Hamburg.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Place of Culture in the Government of the Popular Unity
Chapter 2: Official Song?
Chapter 3: Controversies within Chilean New Song
Chapter 4: Final Considerations: Is a Song Worth More Than Ten Speeches?
Chilean New Song and the Question of Culture in the Allende Government analyzes a very interesting aspect of the revolutionary process experienced in Chile between 1970 and 1973, during the government of Salvador Allende. The relationship between political process, cultural politics, and the Chilean New Song movement is addressed through an analysis of the official programs, the discourses of the cultural actors, the real cultural practices, and the poetic-musical production of the works and songs of the Chilean New Song. The author explores a wide variety of sources, many of which have not previously been used by scholars. Her vision is broad, novel, and critical, making this book an important contribution to historiography.