December 1, 2017, Carlinville, IL, – While entertainers and musicians here in America enjoy a celebrity status that far exceeds even the most fantastic dreams and expectations of their working-class fans, performers in other parts of the world experience a vastly different lifestyle.
Rolling Stone magazine in their November 16th article “Venezuela’s Uprooted Musicians: Bands Struggle to Survive,” shares the challenges of those entertainers in a country torn apart by civil unrest and economic collapse. In an effort to educate its readers on the obstacles the country’s artists face, the globally revered periodical reached out to Blackburn professor and Chair of Department of Modern Languages Timothy Wilson.
Wilson, whose expertise centers on music and identity in Latin America, had this to say on the “rock national” movement that emerged from Argentina’s military dictatorship, ”Hardship breeds beauty for some reason. You commiserate, communicate, through the music.”
The full article can be read online at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/venezuelas-uprooted-musicians-los-mesoneros-w511063