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Flamenco: Gypsy Dance and Music from Andalusia
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As an introduction to flamenco for the novice, or even the merely curious, it is a complete failure. I can only think that someone with no real prior knowledge of flamenco would either be entirely confused or bored to tears - or both. The "essays," written by various different people, are disconnected - a result of there being no clear, collective image of either what the book was supposed to be about or the audience for whom it was to be written.
As a work written for serious aficionados or as a contribution to flamenco scholarship, it's worse than a failure because it is not only incredibly biased, but filled with errors, some of which would bring guffaws of laughter from any knowledgeable aficionado. The bias begins with the title: "Flamenco: Gypsy Dance and Music from Andalucia." The authors are quite obviously enamored of the Spanish gypsies - so much so that they ascribe the origin of flamenco almost entirely to them. For many reasons, that's completely absurd. Undeniably, the gypsies played a very important role in the development of flamenco, but they were definitely not the sole progenitors of this art form. (I say this with all due apologies to my former maestro of the guitar, Juan Maya "Marote," a "pure gypsy" from the barrio of Sacromonte, Granada.)
For a published work, it is a toss-up as to whether the quantity of the errors or their gravity is more surprising.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a disjointed collection of "essays" about the various aspects of flamenco: cante, guitar, dance, castanets/palmas. Read morePublished on February 4, 2004 by znatic
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in flamenco dance and music. There are pictures and the layout of the chapters makes for easy reading. Read morePublished on May 31, 2000 by Angela Pastorelli