A New Era

Anger about social injustice infuses Latin American rock after the Zapatista uprising, paving the way for reggaeton and rap and new female rockers.

One Continent

Mexico's Café Tacvba fuses rock and folk traditions while Aterciopelados, rising with MTV Latin America, does the same with Colombian beats and sounds.

Rock in Our Own Language

Argentina's Soda Stereo was the first all-hemispheric hitmakers, followed by Mexico's Caifanes and Los Prisioneros from Pinochet's Chile.

Music in Color

After the fall of the Argentine dictatorship in 1983 and the Mexico City earthquake in 1985, rock explodes with ingenuity. And it's all in Spanish.

The Repression

When the band Peace and Love began chanting, "We got the power!" at the first rock festival in Mexico in 1971, the government responded by banning rock.

The Rebellion

Latin America's rock movement was sparked by Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and the Beatles but found its own voice in youth and resistance to dictatorship.