The Beatles in Buenos Aires, Muse in Mexico City: Tribute bands and the global consumption of rock music

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Abstract

This article examines the part that tribute bands are playing in the global consumption of popular music, focusing on the rock music scenes of Buenos Aires and Mexico City in Latin America. In particular, I focus on four aspects of the tribute band scenes in these locales: the intimate knowledge listeners in Latin America have of Anglophone popular music from the United States and the United Kingdom; the cultural politics behind taste for rock music in Latin America; how tribute bands in Latin America function as a kind of substitute or surrogate for an absent ‘original’ band; and the process of authentication for Latin American tribute bands and fans of rock music from abroad. Taken together, these aspects show how tribute bands form an important part of local rock music scenes in Latin America and testify to the continuing global influence of rock music culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-348
Number of pages20
JournalEthnomusicology Forum
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Globalisation
  • Latin America
  • Rock music
  • Taste
  • Tribute bands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Music

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