Judges, guitars, freedom and the mainstream: Problematizing the early cantautor in Spain: Problematizing the early cantautor in Spain

Sílvia Martínez*

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Abstract

Cantautor is the word in the Spanish, Catalan and Galician languages coined in the 1960s to refer to a politically engaged singer who performed his/her own songs. In Basque, the term is kantari. 1 The output of these musicians was labelled canción de autor (literally author’s song), or sometimes canción protesta (protest song). 2 This chapter deals with these early musicians and songs, from their emergence until the death of General Francisco Franco – that is, the second half of the Franco dictatorship (1959-1975). The context of late-Francoism is crucial in the birth and rise of the canción de autor. This emerged as a political action and flourished throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s. It was mainly a form of protest against the Franco regime and eventually declined in the 1980s with the consolidation of the democratic process. 3

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Singer-Songwriter in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationParadigms, Politics and Place
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Pages123-135
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781317016069
ISBN (Print)9781472452108
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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