Many years ago as a brand new blogger I posted this. It is still a frequently visited post, so I freshened it up a little and sent it around again.
It was always easy to love Tom Jobim‘s music as it captured the very essence of cool; the exotic new Brazil of the 1960’s and 70’s. While the music may not have captured the grim realities of the barrio’s, it spoke powerfully of the hope and dreams of a new generation; of educated hip, urban Brazilians.
The media showcased endless white-sand beaches, beautiful bikini clad girls and lost love under palm trees, but this was the era of ultra exciting modernist architecture. Best evidenced in the wonderfully executed, delightfully surreal Brasilia city. This city was the revolutionary vision of three men of genius and they carved it out of of the jungle in a mere four years.
The President’s futuristic dreams were eventually overrun by greedy money men, a military dictatorship and powerful elites, but the legacy of Brasilia remains. These visionaries were President – Juscelino…
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