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Cuba Music and Revolution

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Spanning Cuban music from rumba to salsa, and graphic styles from socialist realist to geometric abstraction, this volume of Cuban record cover art traces a musical form in constant revolution. The first ever book about Cuban record sleeve design, compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker, Cuba: Music and Revolutionfeatures hundreds of rarely seen vinyl records from the start of the Cuban Revolution at the beginning of the 1960s up until 1985, when Cuba's Special Period, brought about by the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the withdrawal of Russia's financial support for the Cuban government, led to the demise of vinyl-record manufacturing in Cuba. The artwork here reflects both the cultural and musical depth of Cuba as well as the political influence of revolutionary communism. Over the past century, Cuban music has produced a seemingly endless variety of styles--rumba, mambo, son, salsa--at a dizzyingly fast rate. Since the 1940s a steady stream of Cuban musicians has also made the migration to the US, sparking changes in North American musical forms: bandleader Machito set New York's jazz and Latin scene on fire, and master drummer Chano Pozo's entry into Dizzy Gillespie's group led to the birth of Latin jazz, to name just two. After the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the new government closed American-owned nightclubs and consolidated the island's recording industry under a state-run monopoly. Out of this new socialist agenda came new musical styles, including the Nueva Trova movement of left-wing songwriters. The 1980s saw more experimentation in modernist jazz, salsa and Afro-Cuban folkloric music. Generously illustrated with hundreds of color images, Cuba: Music and Revolutionpresents the history of Cuban record cover art, including many examples previously unseen outside the island itself.

Music and Revolution

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Annotation A history of Cuban music during the Castro regime (1950s to the present.

Cuban Music in Revolution

Author : Stuart Baker
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Collected here is the stunning artwork of Cuba record cover art, most of which has never been seen outside of the island itself. From the vibrant and exciting imagery of pre-Revolution Cuba, the social realist and geometric abstract art designs of the 1960s, folkloric Afro-Cuban roots styles, 1970s and 80s salsa, jazz and more, which together form a cohesive visual collection of a musical form in an almost constant state of revolution. The music of Cuba has had a profound influence on music across the world for more than 75 years, a culture clash of African and Spanish heritage, one of the richest and most complex musics in the world. During the 20th century, Cuban music developed at a fast rate with a seemingly endless variety of styles, the most profound being the Rumba, Mambo and Son, which became the basis of Salsa a musical form that spread like wildfire throughout Latin America, West Africa and North America alike. Since the 1940s a steady line of Cuban musicians has made the migration to America, effecting similar profound changes to North American musical forms. Bandleader Machito set New Yorks jazz scene on fire. Chano Pozo entry into Dizzy Gillespies group led to the birth of Latin Jazz. Other figures such as Mario Bauza, Mongo Santamaria, Celia Cruz, Arsenio Rodriguez, Isreal Cachao Lopez have all added to the melting pot of North American jazz and latin music, having all first made their mark in Cuba.

Music in Cuba

Author : Alejo Carpentier
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"In the wake of the Buena Vista Social Club, the world has rediscovered the rich musical tradition of Cuba. A unique combination of popular and elite influences, the music of this island nation has fascinated since the golden age of the son - that new World aural collision of Africa and Europe that made Cuban music the rage in Paris, New York, and Mexico beginning in the 1920s." "Drawing on such primary documents as obscure church circulars, dog-eared musical scores pulled from attics, and the records of the Spanish colonial authorities, Music in Cuba sweeps from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Carpentier covers European-style elite Cuban music as well as the popular worlds of rural Spanish folk and Afro-Cuban urban music."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Music and Revolution

Author : Robin Moore
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Annotation A history of Cuban music during the Castro regime (1950s to the present.

Buena Vista in the Club

Author : Geoffrey Baker
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Geoffrey Baker traces the trajectory of the Havana hip hop scene from the late 1980s to the present and analyzes its partial eclipse by reggaet&ón.

Nationalizing Blackness

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"An examination of Cuban society through the music of the 1920s-30s when it began to embrace Afro-Cuban culture. Traces how the African element of Cuban society became associated with national identity. Among topics examined are carnival bands, son music, cabaret rumba, and blackface theater shows. The highly documented volume is enhanced by the inclusion of relevant legislation concerning music, and a listing of sextets in Havana between 1920-45 by barrio"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

Beyond Salsa Piano

Author : Kevin Moore
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The tenth volume in the Beyond Salsa Piano series focuses on Cesar "Pupy" Pedroso, the founding pianist and one of the principal composers of Cuba's most popular band, Los Van Van, and now the leader of Los Que Son Son, the most successful new Cuban group of the 2000s. Pedroso was ranked #1 in the timba.com readers' poll for "Best Timba Pianist of All-Time" and came in second in the songwriting department. Doubling as a history and music appreciation course, the book contains extensive music notation examples of Pedroso's piano tumbaos, or "montunos," as well as transcriptions of solo and head arrangements. The difficulty level is intermediate, falling between the very easy exercises in the early volumes, and the sometimes complex tumbaos of Volumes 6-9, which deal with Melon Lewis of The Issac Delgado Group. Illustrated in detail is Pupy Pedroso's trademark "contrary motion" montuno style, which, while very easy to execute produce much richer sounding harmonies than the standard salsa approach. The book also includes "sidebar" sections on the importance of rumba in salsa, rhythm section "gears," controlled improvisation and the evolution of bass tumbaos in Cuban music. Bass tumbaos are included for each of the 54 piano transcriptions and some also include string section guajeos and second keyboard parts. Volume 10 also includes a detailed biography with rare photos from Pupy's private collection and information about his extensive musical family. The discgraphy section lists Pupy's work in two ways: by album, and by song, as many of his compositions were recorded by various artists. There are dozens of excellent photographs by Tom Ehrlich, David Garten, Patrick Bonnard and others top photographic artists. The author, Kevin Moore, has also written "The Tomas Cruz Conga Method" and "Beyond Salsa Percussion," is working on "Beyond Salsa Bass" and is the music editor of the world's largest Cuban music website, timba.com. 11 other volumes are currently available.

Negotiation with the Revolution

Author : Eric Jason Oberstein
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Heroes of the Revolution

Author : Robert Polidori
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American limousines line the streets of Cuba, adding to the Caribbean island's charm. Havana is the best place of all to admire these classic automobiles. This collection of a book and 4 CDs presents a photographic exhibition of these relics. Accompanied by Cuban music, it summons up mellow memories of glamorous days in old Havana.

Facing the Music

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Outside the Revolution Everything

Author : Tom Astley
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In the often fraught political landscape of Cuba, a constant need to define and redefine the ‘space’ of national identity has long pervaded all manner of discourse. In its assumed role as the last bastion of resistance against the hegemonic forces of ‘globalisation’ (‘Americanisation’), the Revolution of 1959 is often made an all-encompassing indicator of ‘authentic’ Cuban identity. However, political recalcitrance, economic stagnation and the ever-present lure of the States has left generations of young Cubans questioning the ability of the Revolution to represent a contemporary Cuban identity. A growing number of what may broadly be classified as ‘alternative musicians’ are utilising a re-established and redefined left-wing voice - one that recontextualises notions of what constitutes ‘el pueblo’ (‘the people’) - precisely as a critique of the anachronisms of the Revolution. This book examines briefly the work of three such artists - punk band Porno Para Ricardo, rapper Eskuadrón Patriota, and singer-songwriter Pedro Luis Ferrer - to provide examples of such reclamations of a left wing voice within Cuba. Redefinitions of ‘the people’ pan-nationally, along cultural and social, rather than exclusive nationalisitic lines; attempts to reclaim the means of cultural production from an overbearing and censoring hegemony; narratives of Cuban history and geography that seek to augment the often rigidly defined space of ‘official Cubanness’ by recognising cultural difference (often made tacit in the unifying rhetoric of the revolution), yet appealing to the notion of social equality, are all constituent parts of this ‘new’ new left in Cuba. As yet another evental tipping point – the death of Fidel Castro – comes ever closer, yet potentially less traumatic, this book outlines a less epochal, and more measured reinterpretation of established symbols of Cuban identity; one that can maintain its localness whilst engaging in global politics and cultural flows.

Listening in Detail

Author : Alexandra T. Vazquez
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Listening in Detail is an original and impassioned take on the intellectual and sensory bounty of Cuban music as it circulates between the island, the United States, and other locations. It is also a powerful critique of efforts to define "Cuban music" for ethnographic examination or market consumption. Contending that the music is not a knowable entity but a spectrum of dynamic practices that elude definition, Alexandra T. Vazquez models a new way of writing about music and the meanings assigned to it. "Listening in detail" is a method invested in opening up, rather than pinning down, experiences of Cuban music. Critiques of imperialism, nationalism, race, and gender emerge in fragments and moments, and in gestures and sounds through Vazquez's engagement with Alfredo Rodríguez's album Cuba Linda (1996), the seventy-year career of the vocalist Graciela Pérez, the signature grunt of the "Mambo King" Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban music documentaries of the 1960s, and late-twentieth-century concert ephemera.

Last Dance in Havana

Author : Eugene Robinson
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In power for forty-four years and counting, Fidel Castro has done everything possible to define Cuba to the world and to itself -- yet not even he has been able to control the thoughts and dreams of his people. Those thoughts and dreams are the basis for what may become a post-Castro Cuba. To more fully understand the future of America's near neighbor, veteran reporter Eugene Robinson knew exactly where to look -- or rather, to listen. In this provocative work, Robinson takes us on a sweaty, pulsating, and lyrical tour of a country on the verge of revolution, using its musicians as a window into its present and future. Music is the mother's milk of Cuban culture. Cubans express their fondest hopes, their frustrations, even their political dissent, through music. Most Americans think only of salsa and the Buena Vista Social Club when they think of the music of Cuba, yet those styles are but a piece of a broad musical spectrum. Just as the West learned more about China after the Cultural Revolution by watching From Mao to Mozart, so will readers discover the real Cuba -- the living, breathing, dying, yet striving Cuba. Cuban music is both wildly exuberant and achingly melancholy. A thick stew of African and European elements, it is astoundingly rich and influential to have come from such a tiny island. From rap stars who defy the government in their lyrics to violinists and pianists who attend the world's last Soviet-style conservatory to international pop stars who could make millions abroad yet choose to stay and work for peanuts, Robinson introduces us to unforgettable characters who happily bring him into their homes and backstage discussions. Despite Castro's attempts to shut down nightclubs, obstruct artists, and subsidize only what he wants, the musicians and dancers of Cuba cannot stop, much less behave. Cubans move through their complicated lives the way they move on the dance floor, dashing and darting and spinning on a dime, seducing joy and fulfillment and next week's supply of food out of a broken system. Then at night they take to the real dance floors and invent fantastic new steps. Last Dance in Havana is heartwrenching, yet ultimately as joyous and hopeful as a rocking club late on a Saturday night.

Son and Reguet n

Author : Markus Juri Puhvel
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Beyond Salsa Piano the Cuban Timba Piano Revolution

Author : Kevin Moore
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Written by the editor of the world's largest Cuban music website, www.timba.com, and the author of the popular "Tomás Cruz Conga Method", "Beyond Salsa Piano" is a series of method books and historical/discographical guides chronicling the role of the piano in Cuban music. Volume 5 is a complete introduction and guide to timba, the innovative genre that exploded onto the Cuban scene in the 1990s. Included are a full history, discography, analysis of rhythm section gears and harmonies, and a series of tumbao exercises to develop each of the innovations of the timba pianists.

The Origins and Foundations of Music Education

Author : Gordon Cox
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This landmark collection explores the origins and foundations of music education in Europe, The Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East, and considers the inclusion of music as part of the compulsory school curriculum in the context of the historical, social and political landscape. Within each chapter, the contributors explore the following key areas: - the aims, objectives and content of the music curriculum - teaching methods - the provision and training of teachers of music - the experiences of pupils This fully revised second edition includes new chapters on Brazil, Israel, Kosovo, Lithuania, and Turkey, along with questions to encourage reflection and discussion. A concluding chapter has been added to encourage readers to consider the evolution of music education globally. The Foreword for this new edition has been written by Sheila Woodward, President of the International Society for Music Education. Contributors have been carefully selected to represent countries that have incorporated music into compulsory schooling for a variety of reasons resulting in a diverse collection which will guide future actions and policy.

The Social and Political Significance of Cuban Music Before and After the Cuban Revolution

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Beyond Salsa Piano the Cuban Timba Piano Revolution

Author : Kevin Moore
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Written by the editor of the world's largest Cuban music website, www.timba.com, and the author of the popular "Tomás Cruz Conga Method", "Beyond Salsa Piano" is a series of method books and historical/discographical guides chronicling the role of the piano in Cuban music. After the 5 introductory volumes, Volume 6 is the first to cover a specific pianist, using note-for-note transcriptions from MIDI files. Iván "Melón" Lewis is one of the greatest timba pianists, having recorded and played with The Issac Delgado Group and Manolín, el Médico de la Salsa.

Latin American Music Review

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