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Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo Paperback – February 1, 2007
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He says right from the beginning (and several times throughout) that he has not set out to write an encyclopedia of Cuban Music, so don't blame him for not mentioning everybody you can think of.
And that turns out to be a good thing, because it avoids the kind of laundry list, dash off a few names in a sentence and quickly move on to the next thing, superficial treatment Cuban music normally gets.
The book is called "Cuba and its Music" and it is just that. Rather than a complete history of Cuban music, it's really more like a history of Cuba for the Cuban music buff: A general history of Cuba from the perspective of someone who considers its greatest export to be music. A history which for example talks about the Platt Amendment but goes into more detail about the creation of mambo and the life of Miguelito Valdes than about average crop yields from 1765-1873.
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. (Though, damn, how could he leave out Carlos Embales???!!!) ; )
Because I admire and particularly enjoy multidisciplinary cultural histories, Sublette's book is a feast. His explorations are ours. You will be fascinated, and you will be delighted. The book is an education. Buy it.
This is particularly true when it comes to dissecting the story that most conventional Western Hemisphere histories neglect-the profound cultural influence of West Africa. As Sublette notes, "the drum...what an African would call a drum-is conspicuously missing from European music before the sixteenth century." Was it the creolized cultures of the New World that finally gave Europeans license to return to the dance floor after centuries of Church proscription? Sublette presents a convincing case for this, while simultaneously providing an explanation for those among us who are rhythmically challenged...
Readers also benefit from the full spectrum Sublette's perspective--that of a musician who migrates comfortably between the music of the concert hall and the dance hall. "Dancing," he writes, "is an intense listening state. Dancing can be complex and it can be spiritual. African music is almost always music for dancing; and so is Cuban music, which is African music's grown-up child." No armchair scholar talks like that.Read more ›
chapters of this book a must read , Understanding not only music
but the corellation between Religious History and music have
opened my mind into two worlds! Once you leave the bridge the
rest of the book is a great solo, tasty and exciting !Puede Ser
Marshal Sandler Farmington Hills Mi!
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I'm almost finished reading it.
Very informative starting way, way back.
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Great, detailed book on the history of many different styles of Cuban or Afro-Cuban music.Published 5 months ago by Cheyenne
Great book. I also bought a copy for my Grandson, who is a son jarocha musician , and is very interested in Cuban music.Published 5 months ago by Max T. Nigh
This is not a book,but a treatise connecting the governments,cultures and music over 4,000 years.Published 5 months ago by Enrique Melendez
This DENSE history is a history that touches on ALL of us! Stepping into Cuba for the 1st time felt even more magical knowing this history!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great history of not only music but Cuba. I learned so much.Published 6 months ago by Rebecca Sparks
Hard to find this stuff in one place, and even harder to find this stuff in English. Well researched and well written.Published 7 months ago by Courtney Crawford
Essential for students of Cuba, it's culture and it's profound influence in the world. I was repeatedly thrilled to explore the many routes and roots that Mr. Sublette follows. Read morePublished 8 months ago by bruno coon