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Louie Pérez, Musician (Los Lobos)

Louie Pérez, Musician (Los Lobos)
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Associated Title
Chicano Male Unbonded Series
Harry Gamboa Jr., born 1951
Louie Pérez, born 29 Jan 1953
Gelatin silver print
Image: 32.5 × 21.4 cm (12 13/16 × 8 7/16")
Sheet: 35.5 × 27.8 cm (14 × 10 15/16")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.6 cm (22 × 16")
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Louie Pérez: Male
Louie Pérez: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquisition made possible through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center
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© Harry Gamboa, Jr.
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Born Los Angeles, California
In 1973, while living in East Los Angeles, Louie Pérez and his friends David Hidalgo, César Rosas, and Conrad Lozano played the Mexican folk song “Las mañanitas” for one of their mothers as a birthday present. Her emotional reaction revealed the power of traditional music to affirm cultural heritage and prompted them to form the band Los Lobos (the wolves). Known for mixing rock, soul, country, Latin music, and experimental sounds, Los Lobos went from being a popular local group in Los Angeles to a national success with the 1984 album How Will the Wolf Survive? Pérez, the band’s main songwriter, also plays the drums and the jarana guitar.
Artist Harry Gamboa Jr. started his series Chicano Male Unbonded in 1991. His photographs of peers who have promoted social equality counter the racial profiling of Chicano men in the media.
Nacido en Los Ángeles, California
En 1973, viviendo en el este de Los Ángeles, Louie Pérez y sus amigos David Hidalgo, César Rosas y Conrad Lozano le cantaron “Las mañanitas” a la mamá de uno de ellos como regalo de cumpleaños. La emoción de la mamá les hizo ver el poder de la música tradicional como afirmación de la herencia cultural y decidieron formar el conjunto Los Lobos. Conocidos por su fusión de rock, soul, country, música latina y sonidos experimentales, Los Lobos pasaron de cierta popularidad local al éxito nacional con el disco How Will the Wolf Survive? de 1984. Pérez, compositor principal de la banda, también toca la batería y la guitarra llamada jarana.
El artista Harry Gamboa Jr. comenzó en 1991 su serie Chicano Male Unbonded. Sus fotos de colegas que han promovido la igualdad social impugnan el perfilismo racial de los chicanos en los medios de comunicación.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
20th Century Americans: 2000 to Present
On View
NPG, South Gallery 341