This article analyses the connection between social being and historical experience focusing five songs composed by Chico Buarque de Hollanda in the 1970s, during Brazilian military regime. I argue that the songs of Chico Buarque express many forms of critical conscience about authoritarian experience and the closing of public sphere. In my point of view, Chico’s poetical matter is precisely the tension relationship of being and time and, in that sense, overcame the traditional subjects of the protest songs.
(Marcos Napolitano, 2008)
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