Monday, August 15, 2016

Writer, Editor & Translator Chris McGowan

I am an American writer, editor, and translator who lives in Brazil. 

JOURNALIST/BLOGGER: I have blogged and written articles about many subjects -- music, new media, travel, and energy and environmental issues -- for The Huffington Post, Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine, L.A. Weekly and many other publications.

AUTHOR: I have published two books about Brazilian music -- The Brazilian Sound (Temple University Press) and The Brazilian Music Book (a collection of interviews) -- and co-authored a history of interactive media (Entertainment in the Cyber Zone: Exploring the Interactive Universe of Multimedia, Random House).

THE BRAZILIAN SOUND: My book The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil is now in its 3rd U.S. edition, and has been translated into French, German and Japanese versions. I have been interviewed by the BBC, the New York Times, the Associated Press, Radio New Zealand, Japanese television, and various NPR stations about Brazilian music and culture.

TRANSLATOR: As a translator (Portuguese/English), I have worked on translations for Ernst & Young, IBAMA (Brazilian Ministry of the Environment), USAID, Chevron, Vale, Petrobras, Bradesco, TV Globo, SBT, Routledge Books, and many translations of academic papers as well as two books.

PUBLICITY: In the publicity realm, I have written introductions, liner notes, bios, and/or press releases for Starbucks Music, the Voyager Company, Elektra Records, Columbia Records, Narada Records, and Rhino Records.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Chris McGowan: Translation Work

Chris McGowan is an experienced Portuguese / English translator and editor based in Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles. He has translated academic papers and books, and worked on translation projects for corporations, government agencies and other clients such as:



Araraquara Transmissora de Energia


Centro Alemão de Ciência e Inovação


Ernst & Young

Hotel Urbano

(Brazilian Ministry of the Environment)

National Western Life Insurance


(Santa Casa Misericórdia de Lisboa)



(United States Agency for
International Development)


Yes Brazil

Film & Television

Porta dos Fundos (DVD edition)


TV Globo


The Last Sunsets (Os Últimos Pores-do-Sol)
by A.M. Ben Noach (2012)

Made in Brazil: Studies in Popular Music
by Martha Ulhôa et al
(Routledge Books, 2014)