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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.
|Among Friends ...|
|Prologue: The Salsero: Music and Conscience||1|
|1||Conversation in La Catedral with Mario Bauza||13|
|2||Willie Colon: The Salsa Kings Don't Just Play Songs of Love||26|
|3||Johnny Ventura: Merengue Can Be a Very Serious Thing, but Also Wonderful||38|
|4||Johnny Pacheco: From the New Tumbao to the Old Tumbao - The Great Chronicle of Salsa||51|
|5||Juan Formell: It Ain't Easy, It Ain't Easy||62|
|6||Searching for Ruben Blades||77|
|7||Cachao Lopez: My Language Is a Double Bass||90|
|8||Wilfrido Vargas: I Am Merengue||103|
|9||Papo Lucca: From Ponce to Heaven (without a Doubt)||113|
|10||Adalberto Alvarez: Sonero in a Car||125|
|11||Juan Luis Guerra: With and without Hat||138|
|12||Nelson Rodgriguez: With Salsa until 2000||154|
|13||Radames Giro: The Tangents of Salsa||168|
|Conclusion: Ten Reasons and Five Opinions to Believe (or Not) in the Existence of Salsa||183|
Posted February 1, 2005
Being an devoted music lover, this book allows for a true understanding of the origins of what is known today as 'salsa music.' Padura is able to elequently entertain as well as to inform readers not only about the vast cuban influence on this type of music, but also on how 'salsa' has influenced societies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2010
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