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.
For anyone interested in music and the rich tapesty of "American" music the book is essential reading. Read morePublished 24 days ago by William Eggers
I loved Sublette's book on New Orleans music so priced this one up as well. It is very detailed and I think could have stood a bit more editing, but it is fascinating nevertheless... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sandi
I've read this book probably 10 times; now it may be time to do some personal first hand investigation? Read morePublished 1 month ago by John W. Suskey
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 2 months 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 4 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 7 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 15 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 16 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 17 months ago by Maria-luisa F. Mansfield