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The Book of Salsa: A Chronicle of Urban Music from the Caribbean to New York City / Edition 1

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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 Cesar Miguel Rondon's celebrated El libro de la salsa.

Rondon 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. Rondon 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, Rondon 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, Rondon has added a new chapter to bring the story of salsa up to the present.

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Editorial Reviews

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[This] welcome translation . . . provides English-speaking audiences access to one of the most referenced texts in Latin music. . . . An invaluable resource for fans of Latin music, as well as journalists, ethnomusicologists, and cultural critics.--Centro

Possibly the best broad portrait of the artistic and commercial development of the music. . . . A landmark text in popular music and an early example of musical globalization literature . . . an essential read.--Journal of American History

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Meet the Author

Cesar Miguel Rondon is a journalist, author, and radio and television producer with Corporacion 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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Table of Contents

Contents

Translator's Note
Chapter 1. Salsa Zero: The 1950s
Chapter 2. The 1960s
Chapter 3. Salsa's the Thing
Chapter 4. The New York Sound
Chapter 5. Our (Latin) Thing
Chapter 6. The Thing in Montuno
Chapter 7. The Boom
Chapter 8. Another Thing
Chapter 9. All of the Salsas
Basic Discography
Index

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