Listening to “LA Punk to Banda Rap” definitely changed my perspective on punk rock in general. Honestly, I was so ignorant to the genre that I didn’t even realize other cultures associated with it besides whites. This audio commentary really showed me the presence latinos and chicanos have in not just the punk rock scene, but the general music scene as a whole. Although i personally don’t find punk rock appealing to listen to, understanding the genre through personal hardships have definitely changed my perspective on the genre. In previous posts I mention a lot about how reflecting on struggles and persevering through them can tell the best story through music. Especially when mixing the music with cultural elements, anyone who appreciates music regardless the genre can listen and absorb something more than just a story.
I really like that latinos associated with this genre are not afraid to stand up and defend their roots. there are tons of social issues going in within the chicano culture that a lot goes unnoticed by everyone else. Music is a great way to release that information while also stating a stance on the issue. What better way to understand these issues than from a personal story affected by it? Speaking out on topics like the struggles of undocumented workers are great ways to spread a message and gathering support.
“Latinos in the Garage” described the influence Latinos had in the early rock scene. I wasn’t aware that the majority of big hit artists such as the Beatles and even Nirvana had many of their samples influenced by latin music. When listening to their music you only hear the instruments and sound, but not necessarily where that music originates from. But searching for the latin sound doesn’t take very long at all! “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles is a great example of that Latin influence. Throughout the song you can hear the riff give off a Latin sound, which surprisingly is quite common in much of the music from that time.