It is an honor to receive this award! I would like to thank Professor Rebecca for the nomination, I am very happy to have my research recognized internationally. This research began during my last year in college, when I studied the musical movements during the time of the military dictatorship in Brazil and I came across, for the first time, with the MPB Festival of 1967. Since that time, I realized that this event was very important for the 1960s, because it was part of a time of great repression, violence and censorship by military power, and yet it became the way that many artists and singers were able to disseminate their thoughts, instruments and songs. When I entered the master’s degree, I created a research project that had as a proposal to investigate how the Festival of 1967 had been produced and elaborated in the form of a great narrative by TV Record.
During the exploratory stage of our research, we came across several magazines that reported the musical competition and, from this first discovery on, we decided to focus on the narrative constructions by the magazines of the period. But the unexpected was yet to come. Measuring only 19 x 14.5 centimeters, the magazine “Intervalo” presented itself for our research and, definitively, changed the course of our studies. Our greatest motivation in turning the “Intervalo” into our object of analysis was the fact that we did not find any academic work or books that talked about Abril’s weekly magazine and, with this, we were able to identify, in addition to the novelty, the possibility of not only to analyze it, but also to rescue its history. When we could not locate the information we needed, we began a search through the magazine’s editor for journalists and directors who were alive and who agreed to give us their testimonials. We were committed to the importance of the memory and methodology of Oral History. In our research, we studied the music competition as a major commercial strategy on the part of TV Record, which wanted to increase the sale of records and its audience, and, consequently. “Intervalo” behaved as a disseminator of television programming and amplification of media discourses. We were able to identify the construction of a story that carried characteristics of convincing and involving the reader, as well as the use of textual, aesthetic and visual effects. We were interested to understand how, through its reports, sections and photographs, the weekly constructed its vision about a media event of great audience and popular repercussion.
– Talita Magnolo, on her project A cobertura do III Festival de Música Popular Brasileira pela revista ‘Intervalo’: a ruptura musical e a liberdade de expressão.”