Titel: Cuba and Its Music
Autor/en: Ned Sublette
From the First Drums to the Mambo.
Chicago Review Press
1. Mai 2004 - gebunden - 688 Seiten
This entertaining history of Cuba and its music begins with the collision of Spain and Africa and continues through the era of Miguelito Valdes, Arsenio Rodriguez, Benny More, and Perez Prado. It offers a behind-the-scenes examination of music from a Cuban point of view, unearthing surprising, provocative connections and making a case for Cuba as fundamental to the evolution of music in the New World. Revealed are how the music of black slaves transformed 16th-century Europe, how the "claves" appeared, and how Cuban music influenced ragtime, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Music lovers will follow this journey from Andalucia, the Congo, the Calabar, Dahomey, and Yorubaland via Cuba to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saint-Domingue, New Orleans, New York, and Miami. The music is placed in a historical context that considers the complexities of the slave trade; Cuba's relationship to the United States; its revolutionary political traditions; the music of Santeria, Palo, Abakua, Vodu, and much more.
Preface; Introduction: Ride the High Country or "They Went Thataway"; Cowboy Codes: Straight & Pure & All Boy; When We were Young: Nostalgia & the Cowboy Hero; Arms & the Man: The Friendly Gun; Give Me My Boots & Saddles: Camp Cowboy; Tall in the Saddle: Romance on the Range; White Hats & White Heroes: Who Is That Other Guy?; Virgin Land: Landscape, Nature, & Masculinity; Corporate Cowboys & the Shaping of a Nation; Postscript - The Frontiersman (1938); List of Films Mentioned; References; Index.
Ned Sublette is the co-founder of the Qbadisc record label. He has co-produced the public radio program 'Afropop Worldwide' for seven years and travelled frequently to Cuba since 1990. He lives in New York City.
"Approachable both for readers new to the country's rich musical history and for devotees who have already succumbed to its rhythms." -- Booklist. "Told with humor, affection and authority, this account... is destined to become one of the definitive texts on the subject." -- Global Rhythm Magazine. "Essential... a solid, supremely lush effort." -- Publishers Weekly. "A magnificent labor of love and advocacy... Remarkably thorough yet genially readable." -- New York Times. "If you buy only one book on Cuba in your life... this is the one." -- Anne Louise Bardach, The Nation. "Sets a high standard for cultural studies... stimulating, well-informed and broad in scope." -- The Shepherd Express. "It was Cuba that turned the beat around, and thanks to Sublette any serious music fan will now know why." -- The New York Times Book Review. "(Sublette) has added a major work to the tiny canon of social histories of music -- perhaps even the grandest of them all." -- The Los Angeles Times. "Ned Sublette is widely regarded as one of Cuban music's most knowledgeable and passionate experts. As enthralling as it is comprehensive, his book breathes life and fire into the whole history of Cuban music." --Bonnie Raitt