A world-class documentary on the life and career of Lalo Guerrero,
produced by Nancy De Los Santos and my brother, Dan Guerrero.
I was the music supervisor on the project and my song, "The
Ballad of Lalo Guerrero," is played on the end credits.
The documentary features many luminaries commenting on Lalo
Guerrero's influence and impact on Chicano music and
culture including Linda Ronstadt, Ry Cooder, Los Lobos, Flaco
Jimenez, Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos,
Luis Valdez, Cesar Chavez, and others. "Lalo Guerrero:
The Original Chicano" was nominated for an Alma award
and won an Imagen Award for best documentary in 2007.
The documentary has been airing on PBS stations since the
fall of 2006 as part of the "Voces" series, "a
journey DEEP in the HEART and SOUL of LATINO CULTURE."
See poster below and scroll down further info and to see the
DVD/CD cover and how to order it.
See some of the markets
and dates in which it aired in 2006 below:
- Los Angeles, CA -
Thursday, 10/12 @ 8PM
- Los Angeles,
– 10/24 @ 10PM
- 11/23 @ 10 PM
- 9/28 @ 9PM
10/24 @ 10PM
KLRN - San Antonio, TX – 11/3 @ 10PM
KPBS - San Diego, CA – 10/22 @ 2PM
– 11/8@ 11PM
WETA - DC – 9/20 @ 10:30 PM
– 10/29 @ 12PM
CA – 11/16 @ 9PM
Guerrero: The Original Chicano" has also
run in many other markets, both small and large through
the present, 2008.
Los Angeles Latino International
Film Festival 2006
Puro Mexicano Film Festival (Tucson, Arizona) 2006
Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara 2007
Primer Festival de Cine Chicano en Mexico (Mexico
Turks & Caicos International Film Festival 2007
International Latino Film Festival San Francisco 2007
Lalo Guerrero Film and Arts Festival (Palm Desert,
Festival Internacional de Cine de la Frontera (Ciudad
Juarez, Mexico) 2008
Cine Golden Eagle Awards- Best Open for a Documentary
2007 Imagen Award- Best Documentary
2007 Alma Award Nomination- Outstanding Made for TV
2007 Sal De Mer Award, Turks and Caicos in the Carribean-
Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Song
"Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano"
"Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano DVD/CD
is currently out of stock. My brother Dan and
I are soon going to make the DVD and CD available by
View the trailer below on you tube:
in the middle of the video screens or on the play
button on the lower left.)
"Chicano Rock: The Sounds of East Los Angeles"
A documentary about the history of Chicano rock 'n' roll,
inspired by the book "Land of a Thousand Dances"
by Tom Waldman and David Reyes. "From Ritchie Valens
to Los Lobos and beyond, we'll tell the story of kids from
East Los Angeles who struggled to find a musical identity
of their own, and succeeded." Underwritten in part
by a grant from
Broadcasting. The latest funding for the project
is by the California Council for the Humanities and the Skirball
Foundation. Jon Wilkman is the producer/director/writer
of the documentary. There is vintage footage of the
musicians and historic events as well as interviews with the
artists mentioned below in the flyer. There are also
interviews with disc jockey Casey Kasem, newsman Tony Valdez,
Oldies But Goodies creator Art Laboe, and authors Steven Loza,
Tom Waldman, David Reyes, and Ruben Molina. It had its
first air date of Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 9 p.m. on PBS.
For more information go to
There was a premiere of the documentary at the Million Dollar
Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 9, 2008 that included
a concert featuring Mark Guerrero backed by Franke Garcia's
Cannibal & the Headhunters Band, Steve and Rudy Salas
of Tierra, and Pachuco Jose y Los Diamantes. "Chicano
Rock: The Sounds of East Los Angeles" is available at
amazon.com at the link below. See the flyer directly
October 9, 2008-
Million Dollar Theater- 307 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles,
July 3, 2009-
Silent Movie Theater- 611 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, California
July 27, 2009-
Muckenthaler Cultural Center- 1201 West Malvern Avenue Fullerton,
September 24, 2009- Grammy Museum- Los Angeles, California
Winner of the 2009 Best Documentary at the
Reel Rasquache Festival of the U.S. Latino Experience in
Film and Art.
View the trailer below on you tube:
in the middle of the video screens or on the play button on
the lower left.)
Rock, and Soul"
A seven DVD collection of
"live" performances taped in Pittsburgh, PA in 2010 and aired on
PBS as a pledge drive special in 2011. Performers include
Davy Jones, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Vogues, Lou Christie,
Peter Noone, The Kingsmen, Percy Sledge, The Miracles, Gary
Lewis & the Playboys, The Ventures, ? & the Mysterians, Steam,
Jefferson Starship, Mason Williams, Eric Burdon, Mitch Ryder,
Eddie Floyd, Roger McGuinn, Chad & Jeremy, Cannibal & the
Headhunters (Mark Guerrero on guitar/backing vocals), and Eddie
here to order. You can google the title "60s Pop Rock
& Soul 7 dvd set" and find it on other sites at varying prices.
"El Chicano: In the Eye of the Storm"
A documentary about Latin rock pioneers, El Chicano, by Daniel
Meza. There is vintage footage of El Chicano and historical
events of the time as well as recent interviews with band
members. I was also interviewed by Daniel for it in
'07. "El Chicano: In the Eye of the Storm"
places El Chicano in the social and political context of the
times in which they emerged. "El Chicano:
In the Eye of the Storm" DVD is available at amazon.com
at the link below.
On May 23, 2008, original members of El Chicano reunited after
30 years, and performed at the Avalon in Santa Clara.
This clip was recorded on one of the days leading up to that
concert. El Chicano plays "El Grito" together for
the first time in years, working out the kinks in the process.
See the reunited
original El Chicano rehearsal below:
"Rock & Roll Made
From Evolution to Revolution"
Documentary by Fito de La Parra of Canned Heat about the history
of rock & roll in Mexico. It's extremely well done
and thorough. Fito was born and grew up in Mexico where
he was a member of many popular bands. He came to the
U.S. in his late teens in pursuit of his rock & roll dreams
and eventually became the drummer for the legendary Canned
Heat. He was on the drums at the historic Woodstock
Festival in 1969.! The documentary is filled with historic
footage of bands and singers from the 50s on up It has
many interviews with participants videotaped in recent years.
I didn't know 95% of the story, which includes the brutal
government censorship and violent crackdowns on rock &
roll in Mexico. I also didn't know that there was a
"Mexican Woodstock" in the early 70s, where hundreds
of thousands of Mexican "hippies" showed up for
a concert. My dad's (Lalo Guerrero) song "Marihuana
Boogie" is in the documentary. For more info on
the documentary visit its my space page:
to order "Rock
& Roll Made In Mexico: From Evolution to Revolution"
"Buena Vista Social Club"
Cooder's classic documentary film, which chronicles his successful
quest to find the pioneers of Cuban folk music. Ry traveled
to Cuba, circumventing government restrictions at the time,
and found the musicians and recorded an album, also called
"Buena Vista Social Club," which sold millions of
copies around the world. This culminated in a concert
at Carnegie Hall in New York, which is also part of this documentary
The acclaimed film "Calle 54" gives a behind the
scenes look into the lives of Tito Puente and some of the
greatest Latin jazz artists of our time. Directed by
academy award winner Fernando Trueba, the film also features
Brazilian pianist Elaine Elias, Argentinean tenor sax great
Gato Barbieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Tito Puente, and many more.
The musicians featured span from New York to Puerto Rico and
Spain to Cuba. There are incredible performances by
all the artists in the film. The musicians and music
rank with the best and most sophisticated in any genre on
about the history of the music along the Texas/Mexican border.
The DVD includes a second documentary caled "Del Mero
Corazon" plus 30 minutes of bonus footage. "Chulas
Fronteras" includes artists such as Lydia Mendoza, Flaco
Jimenez, Narciso Martines, Los Alegres de Teran, Rumel Fuentes,
don Santiago Jimenez, Los Pinguinos del Norte, Ramiro Cavazos,
and others. Ry Cooder calls "Chulas Fronteras"
"the best visual record of Tex-Mex & Norteño music
that I know." "Del Mero Corazon" is described
by the Texas Monthly in this way "there is history, there
are expressions of pride in La Raza, demonstrated by street
murals and by 'Las Nubes,' an uplifting anthem to the Latin
heritage, sung by Little Joe y La Familia." The
bonus footage includes Lydia Mendoza, Narciso Martinez, Santiago
Jimenez, and others and 14 new songs never before released
"Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads"
Galan's great documentary on the story of the San Angelo,
Texas musical band of brothers, Henry, Jojo, and Ringo Garza.
The film "fuses exciting live performances, vivid imagery
of West Texas, and intimate personal stories, resulting in
a heartfelt and moving account that brings to life Los Lonely
Boys' incredible musical journey." "Cottonfields
and Crossroads" is a compelling portrait of a band of
brothers who, against all odds, overcome poverty and live
the American rock & roll dream."
"Los Lonely Boys: Texican
DVD video of a Los Lonely Boys concert in Austin, Texas.
It also features Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, behind
the scenes documentaries, and a photo gallery.
"Los Lobos Live at the Fillmore"
DVD video of Los Lobos' 2004 concert at the legendary Fillmore
Auditorium in San Francisco. It includes performances
of 21 songs and behind the scenes documentary footage.
To the Beatles"
Live concert tribute to The Beatles. Beatles songs
are turned into salsa by some of the greatest salseros and
salseras of our time, including Tito Puente and Celia Cruz.
Some of the "Latinized" titles include "Eleanor
Rigby," "With a Little Help From My Friends,"
"Day Tripper," "Fool On the Hill," "And
I Love Her," "Lady Madonna," and "Hey
Jude." Tito Puente performs "Let It Be"
and Celia Cruz interprets "Ob La Di Ob La Da."
This collection shows that Beatle songs, because of their
timeless quality, can be done in virtually any genre and not
only succeed, but thrive. It also demonstrates that
Latinos in the U.S. and in Latin-America also love and respect
the music of the Beatles.
"The Complete Ritchie Valens"
Documentary of the life of Ritchie Valens with interviews
with his family, friends, musicians who played with him, Bob
Keane of DelFi Records, and others. It runs 161 minutes
and includes a 28 song audio feature and a color booklet.
"La Bamba," written and directed by Luis Valdez,
is the biographical movie on the life of rock & roll legend
and Latin-American icon, Ritchie Valens. The movie stars
Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens and Esai Morales as Ritchie's
half brother Bob. On the DVD's back cover, the movie
is further described with the following quote: "Fueled
by Valens' hit songs performed by Los Lobos, as well as classic
50s tunes, La Bamba recreated the thrilling early days of
rock and pays homage to the enduring legacy of a remarkable
talent whose music crossed all borders."
Valdez' successful play "Zoot Suit" was adapted
to the screen as a major motion picture. Available below
is the movie adaptation starring Edward James Olmos as the
mythical "pachuco." The story is based on
the "zoot suit riots" that rocked Los Angeles in
the 1940s. Henry Reyna and a group of his friends are
unjustly convicted and sent to San Quentin. Lawyers
fight the blatantly racially motivated injustice to gain freedom
for Henry and his friends. The play and movie feature
four of my dad's (Lalo Guerrero) compositions, "Vamos
a Bailar," "Los Chucos Suaves," "Chicas
Patas Boogie," and "Marihuana Boogie."
Available in VHS only, the classic fantasy movie starring
Linda Ronstadt, Freddy Fender, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez,
and Lalo Guerrero. The original play is based on a Mexican
Christmas tradition that goes with Las Posadas. "La
Pastorela, which features comedy and music, provides great
family entertainment. The film, which aired on PBS,
is directed by Luis Valdez.
"Canciones de Mi Padre: A Romantic Evening in Old Mexico"
Ronstadt's concert based on her mega-hit album "Canciones
de Mi Padre." Linda belts out Mariachi classics
in Spanish like a native Mexican diva.