Faces of Salsa: A Spoken History of the Music

Faces of Salsa: A Spoken History of the Music

by Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Stephen John Clark, Leonardo Padura Fuentes
     
 

ISBN-10: 1588340805

ISBN-13: 9781588340801

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

In this collection of masterfully crafted interviews with some of the most famous creators of the music we call Salsa, prizewining Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura Fuentes explores the genesis of the music, its rise in popularity, its social context, and its artistic legacy. Filled with personal revelations by the musicians, historical detail about their lives and

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In this collection of masterfully crafted interviews with some of the most famous creators of the music we call Salsa, prizewining Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura Fuentes explores the genesis of the music, its rise in popularity, its social context, and its artistic legacy. Filled with personal revelations by the musicians, historical detail about their lives and times, and colorful anecdotes about their identities, friendships, and working relationships, the book is a tribute to the artistry and social commitment of some of the most inventive artists of our time.

In his brilliant introduction about the idols of Latin music since the 1920s, and throughout the book, Padura takes up the old dispute about the relationship of salsa to the Cuban music known as son, but the book is not a search for origins. Rather, through his conversations with a group of extraordinarily articulate musicians, he reveals how the aesthetics of salsa filled a cultural void, transforming popular Latin and Caribbean dance music and creating a new generation of musicians who would establish a new model: the salsero, an artist who had embarked upon something his forbearers never did—a conscious project.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588340801
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
634,059
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Among Friends ...
Prologue: The Salsero: Music and Conscience1
1Conversation in La Catedral with Mario Bauza13
2Willie Colon: The Salsa Kings Don't Just Play Songs of Love26
3Johnny Ventura: Merengue Can Be a Very Serious Thing, but Also Wonderful38
4Johnny Pacheco: From the New Tumbao to the Old Tumbao - The Great Chronicle of Salsa51
5Juan Formell: It Ain't Easy, It Ain't Easy62
6Searching for Ruben Blades77
7Cachao Lopez: My Language Is a Double Bass90
8Wilfrido Vargas: I Am Merengue103
9Papo Lucca: From Ponce to Heaven (without a Doubt)113
10Adalberto Alvarez: Sonero in a Car125
11Juan Luis Guerra: With and without Hat138
12Nelson Rodgriguez: With Salsa until 2000154
13Radames Giro: The Tangents of Salsa168
Conclusion: Ten Reasons and Five Opinions to Believe (or Not) in the Existence of Salsa183

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