Winner 1987

Corridos! Tales of Passion and Revolution

KQED-TV, in association with El Teatro Campesino

In its deliberations this year, the Peabody Board noted two elements of American television which seem to be disappearing. The first is the spirit of exuberant entertainment: music, drama and dance performed with obvious passion and pleasure. The second is the artistic use of the television studio, the overwhelming majority of entries having been shot on location. Corridos! Tales of Passion and Revolution counters both trends and celebrates our rich Hispanic heritage. A completely new staging for television of El Teatro Campesino’s acclaimed stage production, Corridos! brings to life the ballads of border life in the early twentieth century. Performers Linda Ronstadt, Luis Valdez, Daniel Valdez, Evelyn Cisneros and Clancy Brown infuse the material with heartfelt energy and electricity. The result is an hour of excitement and color unmatched in 1987. For a cultural celebration of exceptional merit, a Peabody Award to KQED, San Francisco, for Corridos! Tales of Passion and Revolution.