Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines two musical chronicles of the 1984 fire and explosion at the San Juanico Pemex facility outside of Mexico City. The explosion killed between 500 and 700 people, but has been largely overshadowed, in both popular memory and scholarly works, by the Mexico City earthquake of 1985. Folk singer, Óscar Chávez, and rock band, El Tri, used corrido-style songs to revive the memory of the fire and make it part of the collective memory of the city. Despite government officials actively trying to repress the memory of the fire, Chávez and El Tri forced Mexican civil society to reckon with the tragedy by making the experiences of marginalized groups highly relatable to a population still in shock from the earthquake.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1557-203X
Print ISSN
1557-2021
Pages
pp. 377-392
Launched on MUSE
2021-02-02
Open Access
No
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