The Book of Salsa: A Chronicle of Urban Music from the Caribbean to New York City

The Book of Salsa: A Chronicle of Urban Music from the Caribbean to New York City

by César Miguel Rondón
     
 

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Salsa is one of the most popular types of music listened to and danced to in the United States. Until now, the single comprehensive history of the music—and the industry that grew up around it, including musicians, performances, styles, movements, and production—was available only in Spanish. This lively translation provides for English-reading and

Overview

Salsa is one of the most popular types of music listened to and danced to in the United States. Until now, the single comprehensive history of the music—and the industry that grew up around it, including musicians, performances, styles, movements, and production—was available only in Spanish. This lively translation provides for English-reading and music-loving fans the chance to enjoy César Miguel Rondón's celebrated El libro de la salsa.

Rondón tells the engaging story of salsa's roots in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela, and of its emergence and development in the 1960s as a distinct musical movement in New York. Rondón presents salsa as a truly pan-Caribbean phenomenon, emerging in the migrations and interactions, the celebrations and conflicts that marked the region. Although salsa is rooted in urban culture, Rondón explains, it is also a commercial product produced and shaped by professional musicians, record producers, and the music industry. For this first English-language edition, Rondón has added a new chapter to bring the story of salsa up to the present.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
[A] wonderful chronicle of the Latin urban music that ruled from the Caribbean to New York City from the mid-sixties to the late-seventies. . . . This book is one of the best single comprehensive chronicles of this music and its industry, the musicians and their performances, styles, movements and productions.
Latin Beat

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807831298
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/10/2008
Series:
Latin America in Translation/en Traduccion/em Traducao Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
This was music produced not for the luxurious ballroom but for hard life on the street. . . . Now its only world was the barrio, the same barrio where salsa music would be conceived, nurtured, and developed. That is where it all started.—from The Book of Salsa

Salsa music [is] now globalized. . . . It is time to introduce Rondon's foundational book to the United States and to the wider English-speaking world.—Frances R. Aparicio, from the Translator's Note

Meet the Author

César Miguel Rondón is a journalist, author, and radio and television producer with Corporación Televen in Caracas, Venezuela.

Frances R. Aparicio is professor of Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jackie White is assistant professor of English at Lewis University.

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