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By Arenson, Paul at Jan 14, 2008 04:50 AM
Gracias a la vidais the best-known composition of the Chilean poet, artist, and musician Violeta Parra. Violeta (as she is affectionately known throughout Latin America) traveled all over Chile and collected folk songs. She was friends with Pablo Neruda and shared his vision of art as being from and for the people. Joan Baez recorded a version of this song in the 60\'s, and there are numerous recordings of it by other artists. The original version (performed by Violeta) is in print but difficult to find.
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