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A History of Portuguese Fado by Rui Nery


A winner of the 2006 Fado Research Award of the Amália Rodrigues Foundation for its original Portuguese edition, A History of Portuguese Fado was acknowledged since its publication in 2004 as a fundamental reference in the genre's bibliography. It offers an accurate, critical and problematizing view of the history of Fado, from its forming processes to the present, portraying a sequence of two centuries of Fado singers and guitar players, composers and poets, but also of musical forms, poetical conventions, performance practices and institutional frameworks, always placed within the general context of the political, economic, social and cultural history of contemporary Portugal.