Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano is an hour long documentary that celebrates the life and career of Lalo Guerrero, while documenting the contemporary history of Mexican Americans through his music. Taped interviews with Linda Ronstadt, Paul Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, Ry Cooder, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, Cheech Marin and others, will describe the influence and impact of Lalo’s music from a personal and professional point of view.
Taped re-enactments and historic news footage illustrate the times he lived and the music he wrote. Lalo, himself, tells his story as no one else can – with insight and humor. Rare photographs from the Guerrero Family Trust and clips of both television and live performances complete the tapestry.
“Lalo is the first great Chicano musical artist, historian and social conscience of our community.” – Linda Ronstadt
A gift. A historian. A friend. Lalo Guerrero gave us a voice – para todos los Chicanos – that we never had before. He’s a national treasure.” – Edward James Olmos
Lalo simply states: “I only wrote about what I saw.”
And what Lalo saw, wrote and sang about is us, Chicanos, Mexican Americans.