Caetano Veloso is an icon of Brazilian pop, often compared to figures such as Bob Dylan and John Lennon -- even if the comparison doesn't quite translate. Veloso's career began in the late 1960s. He was one of the primary instigators of the Tropicalia movement -- an intentionally provocative collision of musical and cultural influences, and he rapidly ascended to fame. For years he was hardly known outside Brazil. In 1968, along with Gilberto Gil, he went into exile to escape his country's military dictatorship. After the duo's performance at Isle of Wight and subsequent recordings, he became an international star, renowned for his creativity and poetic soul. He remains an active musician, teacher, and author.