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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Little Joe Hernandez Y La Familia
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Linda Fregoso
Joe Hernández, Johnny Hernández
Jul 19, 1980

Little Joe Hernandez y la Familia

Interview with Joe and Johnny Hernández, founding members and leaders of the popular Chicano band Little Joe, Johnny and La Familia. They discuss their beginnings as Little Joe and the Latinaires, their problems as a Chicano band, and the increasing popularity of Chicano music, especially among anglo audiences. Joe speaks first about their current work fundraising for various organizations like LULAC and their efforts to attract an Anglo audience. He also talks a little about the way Chicano dancing and music has permeated pop culture through disco music.

Johnny then explains how he joined his brother’s group in the early 1960s when they played with David Coronado and the Latinaires. He says that since then, they have sought to modernize their music while keeping the tempo and beat the same. The two brothers discuss how their early life as migrants has shaped their music and explain that their music originates in the songs written in the fields. In fact, their dad has written several of their songs, including some that describe the lifestyle of the campesino. Their music also incorporates several social themes, including police brutality and racism. The two brothers believe that their music help keep people informed and conscious of the problems plaguing the Chicano community.

The two brothers then discuss their plans for the future, which include writing country songs, broadening their audience and developing a film about their lives.


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