A Kiss Across The Ocean (2022); book by Richard T. Rodríguez on Latinos and '80s British rockers

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"Richard T. Rodríguez, a professor of English and media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside...talked about his latest book, “A Kiss Across the Ocean: Transatlantic Intimacies of British Post-Punk and US Latinidad,” which Duke University Press published last September.

Partly a work of pop-culture history and partly a memoir of Rodríguez’s teenage experience as a Southern California Mexican American obsessed with British post-punk music, “A Kiss Across the Ocean” explores the bond that has long existed between Latinos and '80s British rockers.

The book takes its title from a 1984 Culture Club concert special," - https://www.expressnews.com/columni...cle/latinos-love-80s-british-pop-17845863.php

Morrissey gets a strangely dubious mention; "Rodríguez is interested in why Latinos gravitate to '80s British post-punk, but it’s to his credit that he rejects the simplistic, knee-jerk rationales that often accompany stories about former Smiths singer Morrissey’s dedicated Mexican American fan base, such as the idea that Morrissey’s melodramatic emotionality feels like home for Chicanos. "
 

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Morrissey gets a strangely dubious mention; "Rodríguez is interested in why Latinos gravitate to '80s British post-punk, but it’s to his credit that he rejects the simplistic, knee-jerk rationales that often accompany stories about former Smiths singer Morrissey’s dedicated Mexican American fan base, such as the idea that Morrissey’s melodramatic emotionality feels like home for Chicanos. "
That rationale also ignores that Moz's popularity isn't limited to Mexican Americans, but extends to several Latin American countries.
 
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