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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (April 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822343835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822343837
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reggaeton is a truly important contribution to our understanding of the most pervasive and perhaps most misunderstood Latin musical genre at the turn of the 21st century. The blend of academic and journalistic writings with artistic statements, interviews and visual art offers the reader an extraordinary window into the complex landscape of reggaeton. . . . Raquel Z. Rivera, Wayne Marshall, and Deborah Pacini Hernadez have established the foundation for the rich and productive academic conversation that the genre will still generate.” - Alejandro L. Madrid, Dancecult


“This collection of essays is the first attempt to critically engage with the phenomenon, and wisely hedges its bets with a broad collection of writings—earnest academic appraisals are effectively offset by punchy location reportage from Latin America, Q&As with major protagonists and landmark magazine pieces from the music’s early days. . . . [A] largely informative and sometimes exhilarating survey of a multinational phenomenon.”
- Derek Walmsley, The Wire


Reggaeton is an excellent collection which itself occasions many surprises. Overall the book is structured in much the same way as its subject (reggaeton), as a series of overlapping, interconnected and often contradictory layers. . . . This book is a tour de force of criticism and analysis which is relevant not only to the study of reggaeton but to the study of popular music in general.” - Cameron White, Transforming Cultures


“The admirable book Reggaeton . . . invites us to carefully ‘read’ this extraordinary musical and social phenomenon of our times. . . . The authors in this volume extensively document the crossing of geographic, racial, ethnic and linguistic borders. . . . As the essays in this book skillfully demonstrate, the ‘reggaeton nation’ constantly moves between numerous countries and cities, between Spanish and English, between Caribbean and African American rhythms.” (Translated from the Spanish) - Jorge Duany, El Nuevo Día


“I cannot overstate how critically important this volume is. It captures the synergies of a musical and cultural movement that few have seriously grappled with, even as the sounds and styles of reggaeton have dominated the air space of so many urban locales.”—Mark Anthony Neal, author of Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic


“It’s about time academia dared to include reggaeton. This might mean that we’re finally understanding that all of us are los de atrás (the ones behind): our country, Puerto Rico, and the whole Caribbean. I hope people support this book so it can be translated into Spanish, and kids in Puerto Rico and Latin America can read it. Because we Caribbean people, even if we don’t want to, even if we don’t like it, even if it hurts, we come from behind . . . and there’s a value to that. There’s a beauty to being los de atrás.”—Residente, frontman of the Grammy and Latin Grammy award-winning duo Calle 13


“The kinetic contributions in Reggaeton melt false borders—ones wrapped like straitjackets around peoples, knowledges, and cultures—and move the crowd. More than an exciting, exhaustive treatment of this vital musical culture, this anthology is a fine blueprint for engaged cultural scholarship right now.”—Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation


“This anthology opens a chapter in hip-hop history that brings it all back home, back to our transnational Afro-Spanish-speaking countries and diasporas and ’hoods where young people are going through their hip-hop ecstasies and traumas, but in their own language, and in their own unique and hitherto-unknown style.”—Juan Flores, author of From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity, from the foreword to Reggaeton

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"This collection of essays is the first attempt to critically engage with the phenomenon, and wisely hedges its bets with a broad collection of writings - earnest academic appraisals are effectively offset by punchy location reportage from Latin America, Q&As with major protagonists and landmark magazine pieces from the music's early days. . . . [A] largely informative and sometimes exhilarating survey of a multinational phenomenon."

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


More About the Author

Raquel Z. Rivera is an author, scholar and singer-songwriter.

Author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (Palgrave Macmillan 2003) and co-editor of Reggaeton (Duke University Press), she has also published numerous articles on Caribbean and Latino popular music and culture. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology and is Affiliated Scholar at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, New York City. Her areas of scholarly interest are popular music and culture, race and ethnicity, nation and diaspora, and the intersections between Latino and Africana studies.

Her musical debut as singer-songwriter is Las 7 Salves de La Magdalena / 7 Songs of Praise for The Magdalene (2010). Her songs weave together Dominican salves, Puerto Rican jibaro music, bomba and other Caribbean roots genres with a neo-folk approach that is quirky, playful and heartfelt.

Born in Puerto Rico, she has lived in New York City since 1994.

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I was thrilled to find a scholarly application of Reggaeton music. This book provided a nice overview of Reggaeton, from its unique beat structure and musical characteristics, to its shared origins in Panama, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. I found this to be a technical and interesting account of a unique and mixed genre of music. I especially liked the commentary on why Reggaeton music is growing in popularity around the world. The dual nature of Reggaeton uniting and dividing Latin America was also interesting.
This book is highly recommended for music lovers and musicologists alike!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LORCA on September 15, 2009
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ME FUE MUY UTIL ESTE LIBRO PARA UNA PUBLICACION QUE HICE... LASTIMA QUE ESTA REDACTADO EN INGLES.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amf on January 21, 2013
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Thanks for the good service! I was satisfied with my order. Excellent value for the price yes i agree thanks
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William on November 18, 2011
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I hear the boom chk chick outside my window in Bushwick nearly everyday. I am not a fan of Reggaeton so I bought this mother to try to understand the want for that repetitive beat. I still don't understand after reading this but it was an interesting read. Not enthralling but interesante.
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