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Faces of Salsa: A Spoken History of the Music

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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.

Synopsis:

Award-winning Cuban novelist, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, interviews the movers and shakers of the Salsa music world creating an oral history of the musicians, historical details, political context, and colorful anecdotes on one of the world's most popular music forms.

About the Author

Leonardo Padura Fuentes is a Cuban writer whose works include Máscaras, La Puerta de Alcalá y Otras Cacerías, Vientos de Cuaresma, and Pasada Perfecto.

Table of Contents

Conversation in La Catedral with Mario Bauzâa — Willie Colâon: the salsa kings don't just play songs of love — Johnny Ventura: merengue can be a very serious thing, but also wonderful — Johnny Pacheco: from the new tumbao to the old tumbao: the great chronicle of salsa — Juan Formell: it ain't easy, it ain't easy — Searching for Reubâen Blades — Cachao Lâopez: my language is a double bass — Wilfrido Vargas: I am merengue — Papo Lucca: from ponce to heaven (without a doubt) — Adalberto âAlvarez: sonero in a car — Juan Luis Guerra: with and without hat — Nelson Rodrâiguez: with salsa until 2000 — Radamâes Giro: the tangents of salsa — Ten reasons and five opinions to believe (or not) in the existence of salsa.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588340801
Translator:
Clark, Stephen J.
Publisher:
Smithsonian Books (DC)
Translator:
Clark, Stephen J.
Author:
Fuentes, Leonardo Padura
Author:
FUENTES LP
Author:
Clark, Stephen J.
Location:
Washington D.C.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
Salsa
Subject:
Salsa musicians
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Salsa (Music) - History and criticism
Subject:
Ethnic
Subject:
Music-Popular Performers
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
236
Dimensions:
8.98x5.99x.55 in. .62 lbs.

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