I guess I just thought that a government with enough power to exile someone would have enough power to stop a record from coming out.. also figured that he was exiled to silence him, so then it also doesn’t make sense to let him put out records.
those records were subjected to the same censorship board everything else was subjected to, I think that was enough for the dictatorship. The military didn't necessarily exile people, but those who knew they were in danger left the country before anything happened to them, while others went underground.
They went easy on Caetano, Gil, Chico Buarque and other musicians because of their prominence. In a sense, they could get away with some things because their fame gave them some protection. The military always denied that they were torturing and killing activists, so doing something extreme to someone like Caetano Veloso would obviously blow that lie wide open. Even while they were imprisoned, Caetano and Gil weren't tortured like others in the same jail.
I read a quote from Caetano Veloso where he complains that the cover for Transa looks like a lampshade.
From all of the sources that I've read on this subject, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil weren't so much forced to exile. However, they were strongly recommended after being jailed which means they probably would've faced more jail time if they disagreed. They agreed to leave the country, and were allowed to take their significant others with them.
The whole exile concept was basically a political statement to the young people of Brazil that were political dissenters that the Brazilian government had the power to make them leave the country if they decided to speak out. The Os Mutantes who were much younger faced no criminal charges and decided to stay in Brazil. It's interesting to me that Caetano and Gilberto stayed in Brasil, and eventually Sergio decided to fully become an American citizen (oddly enough I was actually with him and his family).
Caetano Veloso has always felt strongly about freedom of expression in art, and he was brave enough to speak out about the injustice of the dictatorship. His exile was entirely unfair, and unnecessary and you can feel that he was not happy with the decision. Whereas Gilberto Gil treated it like a 2 year vacation, and much later became Brazil's Minister of Culture.
I'm fascinated about this topic, and I heard somewhere out there is a jam with Caetano, Gilberto Gil and Hawkwind that I would love to hear.