Lalo Guerrero was born in Tucson, Arizona on a cold Christmas Eve in 1916. An early love for music would take him far, learning to play the guitar when he was just nine years old. His mother was his first and only music teacher.
The career and songbook of the legendary “Father of Chicano Music” guide the viewer through seven decades of Mexican-American/Chicano history from Repatriation, the Zoot Suit riots and the UFW to the minifalda/mini-skirt and Chicano pride and prejudice. Guerrero captured it all in a dazzling array of musical genres including rancheras, boogie, tropical, norteño, cha-chas, mambos and beautiful boleros. Rare photographs, historic footage and music performances bring this eclectic tapestry to life.
Lalo Guerrero tells his own story on camera as no one else could, with warmth and humor. Artists and activists influenced by the late Chicano icon share personal stories. Ry Cooder, Culture Clash (Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, Herbert Siguenza) UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, Los Lobos’ Louie Perez and David Hidalgo, Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos, Paul Rodriguez, Linda Ronstadt and Luis Valdez provide unique insight about the music pioneer.