History

Chicano rock and the first Eastside

I put together a four-minute video from the weekend's Los Angeles Archives Bazaar at USC on the two documentaries I caught up with — "Chicano Rock" and "The Eastsiders" — and William Estrada's fascinating-sounding new book, "The Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred and Contested Space." Check it out; there is sound:

Here's a link to the highest quality version.

Chicano Rock, from Jon and Nancy Wilkman, tells the story of Chicano musicians from Lalo Guerrero and Ritchie Valens to Thee Midniters (whose "Whittier Blvd." opens the video) and Los Lobos plus others. The documentary airs nationally on PBS in December.

The Eastsiders, about the African American community that flourished along Central Avenue, aired on PBS stations this month. It was produced by Eighth and Wall Incorporated.

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