Guillermo Hernandez Corrido Film

Watch the entire 56 minute film “El Mundo del Corrido de Guillermo Hernandez,” about the late UCLA professor Guillermo Hernandez and his love for Mexican American vernacular music, with special emphasis on corridos.

Guillermo Hernandez was a great friend of the Arhoolie Foundation, and a primary moving force behind the Frontera Collection Digitization Project and our partnership with UCLA. His introduction of Los Tigres del Norte to the project led to their generous support, without which this work would not have been possible.

This loving film, edited by Maureen Gosling, features many live musical performances from the 1996 and 2000 Congresos del Corrido, footage of the UCLA press conference recognizing the contribution of Los Tigres del Norte, and interviews with Chris Strachwitz, Jaime Nicolopulos, and Guillermo himself.


Statement on the passing of Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie Records Founder
July 1, 1931 – May 5, 2023

We celebrate the life of our founder, friend, and great record man Chris Strachwitz. He died peacefully at home in Marin County, CA, surrounded in his last days by dear friends and family. Over his 91 years, Chris captured the music that represents the best “down home music” the world has to offer.

He was at the forefront of nearly all the roots revivals over the last 60 years including blues, zydeco, Cajun, Norteño and Tejano music. His drive to document traditional music helped introduce the nation to our diverse musical heritage. He had the foresight to save music that might have otherwise been lost to obscurity and played a role in strengthening cultural traditions through his records, films, and most recently the Arhoolie Foundation. He cared for those around him, fought for royalties and recognition for Arhoolie artists, and provided counsel to countless musicians, writers, film makers, and academics.

Plans for a public celebration of his life will be announced in the coming weeks. Today we’re thinking of all that Chris brought to our lives and the lives of the musicians and fans with whom he shared his passion.