The bard of postmodern Mexico

08/30/16 The Economist

Juan Gabriel.jpgMANY of the songs—and there were more than 1,500 of them—were syrupy and sentimental, some more sobbed than sung. Juan Gabriel was not David Bowie. But his death on August 28th has brought forth a similar outbreak of mass mourning. Mexico’s greatest modern pop singer stirred the hearts of millions across the Spanish-speaking world, including that large bit of it that resides north of the Rio Grande. His meaning was deeper and more disturbing than some of his songs might suggest.

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