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L.A. from Every Angle
Posted April 01, 2010 to photo album "L.A. from Every Angle"
As Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg shows, there are many different L.A.s inside the city limits. Joel Bleifuss takes us on the tour of how artists imagine Los Angeles.
Slide 5: L.A. for Californios
Manue la Garcia (1869-?) was a “Californio,” one of the people whose families settled what was once known as Alta California. Garcia “grew up in a household that sometimes included the influential Spanish-born guitarist Miguel Arévalo, who had moved to Los Angeles in 1871 and formed the Los Angeles Musical Association.
In 1903, the Los Angeles-born Garcia, an accomplished singer, recorded 107 songs for Charles Lummis. With the help of an Edison wax cylinder recording machine, Lummis was able to “catch our archaeology alive” and collect the songs of the Californios.
Vykki Mende Gray, a musician who is a descendent of Californios, writes on LosCalifornios.com, “The land was called Alta California, the time was the heyday of the California missions and ranchos from the 1770s through the 1860s (more or less), and the people called themselves Californios. Travelers to the area were consistently impressed by the secular music and the social dances, commenting often on the propensity of the Californios to dance and sing—and particularly at times when the largely Protestant observers thought they ought not to.”