Los Lobos Mark Four Decades Of Playing Rock And Roll

LOS ANGELES (December 15, 2012)—They’re seen as the progenitors of Chicano rock 'n' roll, the first band with the boldness, and perhaps the naiveté, to fuse punk rock with Mexican folk tunes, but when Los Lobos formed in the hallways of an East LA barrio high school, all they wanted to do was play rock 'n' roll.

Later, when the group's members decided to pick up some obscure Mexican instruments, it was just to perform a few songs for their mothers.

When they put their electric guitars and twin reverb amps back in the mix, however, a new sound was born, and it has endured into this, the band's 40th anniversary year; one that also has been credited with opening doors for every crossover Latin fusion band that followed.

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