chapter  7
Defeated Rallies, Mournful Anthems, and the Origins of Brazilian Heavy Metal
Pages 13

There is a story yet to be told about the role of dominant forms of Brazilian popular music in the consolidation and legitimization of the opposition bloc that would succeed the military regime in 1985. Not having been freely elected, but led by a congressional alliance with sectors of the regime into a victory in the electoral college, the Tancredo-Sarney ticket enjoyed considerable legitimacy, derived from the massive campaign for direct elections that they joined belatedly-that campaign was launched by the Workers' Party-and subsequently abandoned to negotiate a consensual formula with the military regime. The campaign for diretas já counted on conspicuous support from artists in all fields — filmmakers, writers, actors —but it was undoubtedly the voices of the major figures of MPB that resonated the loudest and came to be most directly associated with a cultural contingent that supported the struggle for free elections. It was also, however, a certain sector of MPB that came to take on a burden for having been linked with a regime —Sarney's, after Tancredo's death —that was not able to maintain the popular legitimacy generated by diretas já for longer than a few months, due to its staunchly reactionary composition.