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Into the Beautiful North

Into the Beautiful North

by Luis Alberto Urrea

…I always hopelessly, passionately, root for the underdog.


Luis Alberto Urrea. Photo by Nicole Waite Photography.

Written by Adam Kampe and Josephine Reed. Produced by Adam Kampe at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2013.

Executive Producer: Josephine Reed

Excerpts from INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH by Luis Alberto Urrea. Copyright © 2009 by Luis Alberto Urrea. Used by permission of Little, Brown & Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Music Credits

Excerpts of guitar music composed and performed by Jorge F. Hernández, used courtesy of Mr. Hernández.

Excerpts of "El Viento" and "Welcome to Tijuana" from the album Clandestino (1998), performed by Manu Chao, used courtesy of Because Music.

"El Viento" written by Manu Chao used by permission of Irish Town Songs c/o Blue Mountain Music, Ltd. (ASCAP). "Welcome to Tijuana" written by Manu Chao, Chuck Rio, and Francois Meslouhi, used by permission of EMI Longitude Music (BMI), Universal Music MGB NA LLC DBA Universal Music Careers (BMI), and Irish Town Songs c/o Blue Mountain Music, Ltd. (ASCAP).

Excerpt of "Chicano Park Samba" from the album Rolas de Aztlán (1979), written by 2013 NEA Heritage Fellow Ramón "Chunky" Sánchez and performed by Los Alacranes Mojados, used courtesy of Chunky Sánchez.

Excerpt of "Desolation" from the album Metascapes (2001), composed and performed by Todd Barton, used courtesy of Valley Productions.

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