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Faces of Salsa: A Spoken History of the Music Paperback – November 17, 2003
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No discussion of salsa history is complete without the unsolvable debate over the very word "salsa". How did the term come about, what music does it encompass, is it even a valid categorization of the music it connotes? Some of the very musicians responsible for making salsa what it is today give their take on the term and whether it should be used at all. Most interesting is Fania founder Johnny Pacheco's take on the term that he is said to have created to market the music, as well as Cuban musicologist Radamés Giro's more detached view on the label. The interviewees also discuss the roots of salsa, from it's evolution from the Cuban son to the great variety of Caribbean influences to the development of its urban identity in the Latino barrios of New York.
The exploration of salsa's roots and the labels that define it are not only a matter of history. Fuentes' interviews reveal the conscious struggle of Latin musicians to maintain a balance between salsa as music and salsa as commodity. Music can inspire, enlighten, reveal, and criticize. It can speak to people's conditions and point out injustices. It can also, on a purely musical level, push the limits of rhythm, instrumentation, and improvisation.Read more ›
El libro esta lleno de entrevistas muy interesantes, y se nota el amor del autor a la musica. Lo mas importante que saque de este libro es esto:
1. Casi todos los musicos salseros de Puerto Rico escuchan Timba Cubana
2. Casi todos los Timberos Cubanos escuchan Salsa de Puerto Rico
Hay un tema de union latina que es muy positivo. Si van a conseguir un libro, y solo un libro, sobre la musica salsera este es una muy buena seleccion.