Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music

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Temple University Press, Feb 7, 2011 - Music - 224 pages
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Arsenio Rodríguez was one of the most important Cuban musicians of the twentieth century. In this first scholarly study, ethnomusicologist David F. García examines Rodríguez's life, including the conjunto musical combo he led and the highly influential son montuno style of music he created in the 1940s. García recounts Rodríguez's battle for recognition at the height of "mambo mania" in New York City and the significance of his music in the development of salsa. With firsthand accounts from relatives and fellow musicians, Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music follows Rodríguez's fortunes on several continents, speculating on why he never enjoyed wide commercial success despite the importance of his music. García focuses on the roles that race, identity, and politics played in shaping Rodríguez's music and the trajectory of his musical career. His transnational perspective has important implications for Latin American and popular music studies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Black Consciousness and Cubanidad
12
Arsenio Rodríguezs Conjunto and Son Montuno Style
32
3 Whos Who in Mambo?
64
4 Remembering the Past with El Ciego Maravilloso
93
5 Salsa and Arsenio Rodríguezs Legacy
117
Remembering Arsenio RodríguezRemembering Son Montuno
141
Discography
147
Notes
167
Bibliography
183
Index
203
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David F. García is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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