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Oral history interview with Elsa Garcia, 1996

Author: Elsa Garcia; José Angel Gutiérrez; University of Texas at Arlington. Center for Mexican American Studies.
Edition/Format:   Archival material   Book : English
Publication:Center for Mexican American Studies Oral Histories, CMAS no. 032
Database:WorldCat
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Elsa Garcia begins with her family's background and the singing career of her mother, Hermelinda Escamilla, known as Linda la Norteña. She describes the beginnings of her husband's band playing popular music, her own involvement, and its evolution into a Tejano band. She shares details of her musical inspiration and attributes her success at juggling school, work, and music to her family's support. She furnishes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Music
Named Person: Selena; Linda Ronstadt; Fernando Z Maldonado; Linda la Norteña (Hermelinda Escamilla); García family.; Gutiérrez family.
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Archival Material, Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elsa Garcia; José Angel Gutiérrez; University of Texas at Arlington. Center for Mexican American Studies.
OCLC Number: 441520177
Language Note: The interview was conducted primarily in English but portions are in Spanish, for which English translations are provided.
Notes: Interviewed by José Angel Gutiérrez on April 26, 1996, in Arlington, Texas.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) : col. ; 1/2 in. Transcript : 64 p. ; 28 cm.
Other Titles: Tejano Voices
Center for Mexican American Studies Oral Histories
Mexican American Musicians and Recording Artists of Texas

Abstract:

Elsa Garcia begins with her family's background and the singing career of her mother, Hermelinda Escamilla, known as Linda la Norteña. She describes the beginnings of her husband's band playing popular music, her own involvement, and its evolution into a Tejano band. She shares details of her musical inspiration and attributes her success at juggling school, work, and music to her family's support. She furnishes details of her brief job as a radio disk jockey and elaborates on her work as a talk show host for two Houston area radio stations. She discusses Mexican immigration into the U.S., remarks on the growth of the Hispanic population in the United States, and comments on ethnic neighborhoods in Houston. She blames the poor reception of Tejano musicians in Mexico on their lack of fluency in the Spanish language and cites Selena's experience with the Mexican press as proof. She predicts the band's tour plans, including performances across northern Mexico for the Navidad en el Barrio (Christmas in the Neighborhood) toy drive. She recalls an interview she conducted with Linda Ronstadt and mentions songwriter Fernando Z. Maldonado.

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