Author & Journalist

Chris McGowan

Chris McGowan is a writer of diverse interests whose books include The Brazilian Sound, a guide to Brazilian music; Entertainment in the Cyber Zone, a history of interactive media published by Random House; and, as J.C. McGowan, The Big God Network, a science-fiction novel.

He has written articles and blogs about music, culture, politics, and environmental issues for The Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Musician, Los Angeles magazine, the L.A. Weekly, Billboard, Widescreen Review, Pulse!, and various other publications. Select writings are available here.

McGowan has written extensively about Brazil, and has been interviewed about Brazilian music and culture by the BBC, The New York Times, the Associated Press, AirTalk, and various National Public Radio (NPR) affiliates. He was a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (Charles Scribner's Sons).

He is also a translator (Portuguese/English) and has translated fiction as well as material for Ernst & Young, USAID, Bradesco, Petrobras, Chevron, Vale, IBAMA, and the Ministry of the Environment in Brazil. He is currently translating a collection of academic essays on Brazilian music for Routledge. His translation credits are here.

In the publicity and marketing realms, he has written press releases, album liner notes and artist bios for Starbucks, Columbia Records, Elektra Records, and Narada Records, and a special 10th anniversary catalog essay for the Criterion Collection.

McGowan is a California native who currently lives in Brazil.


The  Brazilian  Sound:  Samba,  Bossa
Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil
(Temple University Press)

by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha

The Big God Network (a novel)
by J.C. McGowan

Entertainment in the Cyber Zone:
Exploring the   Interactive   Universe    of   Multimedia
(Random House)

by Chris McGowan and Jim McCullaugh


Chris McGowan at the Huffington Post

The Brazilian Sound blog

Selected Scribblings