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Amor Prohibido
Selena's Crossover Dream
Books Story  June 28, 1996
"...His inclusion of extensive descriptions about the context in which the Quintanillas struggled to make their mark is fascinating and greatly enriches the possibility for outsiders to understand this story. So the fact that the inimitable Lydia Mendoza is only mentioned in passing as another act recorded by Quintanilla's early mentor Johnny Herrera, with the added phrase "considered the greatest Mexican-American female voice of modern times," is inexplicable...."

Lydia Mendoza
Music Review  June 13, 2008, by Belinda Acosta
"...Lydia MendozaThe Best of Lydia Mendoza (Arhoolie)..."

Audio Snapshots
America's premiere archival roots label celebrates the big 4-0.
Music Story  December 15, 2000, by Mike Quinn
"...Initially recording with only one microphone (usually suspended above the performer), Strachwitz caught what others had missed: the anima of the performer. Sometimes he stumbled into recording opportunities, like the time he coaxed the queen of Mexican-American song Lydia Mendoza to record a disc's worth of material in her daughter's house in San Antonio following an afternoon gig...."

Story of an American Music
Hector Galán's Songs of the Homeland
Arts Story  September 15, 1995
"...The way Galán ultimately kick-started Songs of the Homeland was with some funding he had obtained for a separate but similar project. "Originally," Galán says, "we had received a grant from the National Latino Communications Council (NLCC) for a project called The Lark of the Border. It was supposed to be a documentary that focused on Lydia Mendoza," a native of Houston who was the first Mexican-American to reach international star status in the 1930s and Forties..."

Off the Record
Recapping 2007 one list at a time
Music Column  January 4, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...Tejano music legend Lydia Mendoza, best known for her 1934 hit, "Mal Hombre," died Dec. 20, in San Antonio, where she began her career in 1928 with La Familia Mendoza..."

'The Border Radio Show': Blast From the Past
In The Border Radio Show, a stellar cast of Lone Star artists revive the days when radio towers south of the Rio Grande filled the airwaves with revival meetings, wild product pitches, and all kinds of music.
Arts Story  September 16, 2005, by Belinda Acosta
"...Wolfman Jack got his start on border radio. Woody Guthrie and Lydia Mendoza were heard there, too..."

The stars come out at the Paramount when the Texas Medal of the Arts Awards are given, and the Bastrop Opera House shoots for a national title in the American Association of Community Theatres competition.
Arts Column  March 21, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...The stars at night will most assuredly be big and bright deep in the heart of Texas next Tuesday when the Texas Cultural Trust Council hands out its 2003 set of Texas Medal of the Arts Awards. A veritable constellation of distinguished Lone Star artists will be assembled at the Paramount Theatre to be honored for their encouragement of "the development of the arts in Texas, through their personal achievements or unfailing support": writers John Graves (Lifetime Achievement) and Sandra Cisneros (Literary Arts); singers Lydia Mendoza (Folk Arts) and Charley Pride (Music); performers Tommy Tune (Dance) and Fess Parker (Media-Film/Television Acting); sculptor Glenna Goodacre (Visual Arts); theatre artist and advocate Enid Holm (Theatre); and teacher Marca Lee Bircher (Arts Education)..."

Long Center supporters do a funding turnaround by asking the city for $25 million in bond money, another bunch of Lone Stars are being honored by the Texas Cultural Trust Council with Texas Medal of the Arts Awards, and John Walch wins an award from the American Theatre Critics Association.
Arts Column  February 14, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...Another bunch of Lone Stars are being honored by the Texas Cultural Trust Council with Texas Medal of the Arts Awards. The TCTC inaugurated the awards in 2000 to recognize "distinguished Texas artists and persons or organizations that have encouraged the development of the arts in Texas, through their personal achievements or unfailing support." The sophomore class of recipients are: John Graves (Lifetime Achievement); Marca Lee Bircher (Arts Education); Sandra Cisneros (Literary Arts); Glenna Goodacre (Visual Arts); Enid Holm (Theatre); Lydia Mendoza (Folk Arts); Fess Parker (Media-Film/Television Acting); Charley Pride (Music); Tommy Tune (Dance); the State Capitol Preservation Project, headed by Dealey Herndon (Historic Preservation); Nancy B..."

Roots of Tex-Mex Music: Chulas Fronteras & Del Mero Corazon
Music Review  May 30, 2003, by Belinda Acosta
"...The goofy, Seventies-style clothing has come and gone, but the music remains resilient. Profiles of the legendary Lydia Mendoza and Narciso Martinez provide an important historical foundation, and bonus footage offers a rare and precious opportunity to hear Mendoza, the "Lark of the Border," sing four of her signature tunes in their entirety, including "Mal Hombre" and "Amor de Madre." Other gems include Santiago Jiménez Sr..."

We're Not Like Everybody Else
The 2014-15 Austin Music Awards, an alumni free-for-all
Music Story  March 12, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Gina Chavez: Lydia Mendoza, Linda Ronstadt, and Lila Downs all rolled up into one (up.rooted). Sunny Sweeney: country-western cojones to rival Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn (Provoked)..."

Counterculture Time Capsule
Forty years later, Les Blank's Leon Russell rock doc sees the light of day
Screens Story  March 12, 2015, by Lars Nilsen
"...Though he made all kinds of documentaries, Blank's music films are deep, sympathetic dives into the world of roots musicians and into the (often weird) cultural tides that bear them afloat. Blank's profiles in celluloid of Lightnin' Hopkins, Flaco Jiménez, Lydia Mendoza, Dizzy Gillespie, Mance Lipscomb, New Orleans Mardi Gras tribes, and countless others are invaluable cultural documents – and of course they are a lot of fun to watch, too...."

Joel Guzman & Sarah Fox
Music Review  October 23, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...It's to be expected from a couple whose remarkable curriculum vitae includes Bonnie Raitt and Grammy-winning work with Los Super Seven. By using a comfortable combination of classics associated with the likes of beloved San Antonio accordion king Esteban Jordan ("El Gancho") and the elegant Lydia Mendoza ("Puñalada") plus originals ("Amorcito de Mi Vida," "Rosa Negra," "Polka Azul"), the sound is warm, comforting, and passionate..."

I Built My Girlfriend's iPod
Stranded on a desert island? At least you have your iPodSolar.
Music Story  September 11, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Children of divorce: I'd managed to store the Flatlanders' Hills and Valleys, buttressed by solo Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Joe Ely, but Porthos – Butch Hancock – had escaped digital conversion before the Okkervil River-like totalitarianism I'd had in mind: The Wind's Dominion, West Texas Waltzes & Dust-Blown Tractor Tunes, You Coulda Walked Around the World, and Own & Own. And no Butch meant not only no Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, or Townes Van Zandt, but also no Doug Sahm, Santiago Jimenez, Lydia Mendoza, and the Sword..."

Tres Chicas
The Latin ladies have it, but the Krayolas want it back
Music Story  May 8, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"..."The older women singers like my mom were like Lydia Mendoza or Laura Canales. The music industry is male-dominated, even more so in Latin music..."

Critics Poll
Music Story  January 4, 2008
"...Hernandez Rollo Banks, Joe Hunter, Lydia Mendoza, Luciano Pavarotti..."

Off the Record
Welcome to "Spazmodica," the future of Austin music
Music Column  December 28, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...Lydia Mendoza..."

Carlos Pineda and the YLA Exhibit
Arts Story  September 14, 2007, by Belinda Acosta
"..."Hacia la Vida" features 44 pieces created by Pineda between 1967 and 2007. Some are still lifes, but most are portraits of famous and not-so-famous Mexican-Americans: Lydia Mendoza, Ruben Ramos, writer David Rice, and Austin native Tomás Salas, among others...."

Gift guide
Music Review  December 2, 2005, by Belinda Acosta
"...The old-timers are included, of course: Valerio Longoria, Henry Zimmerle, Johnny Degollado, as well as performers lesser known to the casual fan, like Lupita Rodela. Alongside legendary singer-songwriter Lydia Mendoza, Rodela is one of a handful of featured women..."

Texas history, Handsome Joel, and 'Choice Cuts' from Tee Double.
Music Column  May 28, 2004, by Christopher Gray
"...11th, the original site of Anderson High School. (Due south is Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Pastor Griffin has served since 1969.) The museum only has enough space to display one or two exhibits at a time, and right now its walls are adorned with "Great Tejana Singers" and "The History and Development of Conjunto Music." The exhibits trace the evolution of South Texas' native sounds from pioneers like Bruno Villareal (the first Tejano accordionist to be recorded) and Lydia Mendoza through Selena and 2000 Grammy winners Los Palominos..."

Media Clips
The Latino USA radio program is building a national name for itself out of its KUT headquarters in Austin.
News Column  September 17, 1999, by Lee Nichols
"...1 looks at how Latino youth incorporate aspects of other cultures, especially African-American; and Oct. 8 spotlights "Living Legends of Latino Music," including Afro-Cuban jazzman Mongo Santamaria, Puerto Rican percussionist Tito Puente, and Lydia Mendoza, the first major female star of Tejano music...."

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