No dry history text, this is a fascinating read, well researched and crafted as a labor of love.
As a Cuban music fan who is interested in the history of Cuba but was never quite able to wade through Hugh Thomas' book, this is great reading.
Ned Sublette, a scholar of music and the history of music has written a new book about Cuban history and culture.
A bit disjointed, doesn't always flow, but an interesting wealth of information about early cuban music. Can't wait for the next volume!Published 18 days ago by Paolo Castagnoli
I was surprised to see that I hadn't written a review of this; I had only commented on other people's reviews. Sublette is serious about history and about history. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marc Lichtman
This book has been an excellent one-stop source document for a lot of questions regarding the origins of Cuban music. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marcos
This is my number one reference book within the field of Caribbean ethnomusicology. Pairs up well with Cubano Be Cubano Bop if read first.Published 14 months ago by Leigh
Ned Sublette writes about music, history and a part of it that hasn't been included in US story. His books are researched and present the story of Latin music. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. Valdez
Cuba and its Music is a comprehensive study, well written and well documented. After the extraordinary work of F. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Maria-luisa F. Mansfield
book is in god condition but it is from a library and that was not in the description. it would be great is that would have been part of the description.Published 19 months ago by bookworm
... WHERE IS PART II..??
The book ends abruptly in the 50s, promising a continuation. Is Part II out yet? Anyone?
The book is deep and very interesting but a stereotypical view of Cuba it is not!
This is one of the few books on Cuban music which goes further back than 1492. Read more