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Os Mutantes: Os Mutantes; Mutantes; A Divina Comedia Ou Ando Meio Desilgado (all Omplatten FJ0RD001-3 CD)

Edwin Pouncey, Wire, The, April 1999

IN THE 1960s Brazil declared war on rock 'n' roll. Any popular music betraying American or English influences — and that included the use of electric instruments — was immediately suppressed by the sinister sounding MPB (aka Musica Popular Brasileira/Popular Music of Brazil), an organisation made up, remarkably, of listeners and musicians sworn in to act as the nation's cultural guardians. Apart from the occasional mop-topped pop leak, they managed to keep the invaders out.

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