Sounding Salsa : Performing Latin Music in New York City

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-28
  • Publisher: Temple Univ Pr
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This ethnographic journey into the New York salsa scene of the 1990s is the first of its kind. Written by a musical insider and from the perspective of salsa musicians,Sounding Salsais a pioneering study that offers detailed accounts of these musicians grappling with intercultural tensions and commercial pressures. Christopher Washburne, himself an accomplished salsa musician, examines the organizational structures, recording processes, rehearsing, and gigging of salsa bands, paying particular attention to how they created a sense of community, privileged "the people" over artistic and commercial concerns, and incited cultural pride during performances. Sounding Salsaaddresses a range of issues, musical and social. Musically, Washburne examines sound structure, salsa aesthetics, and performance practice, along with the influences of Puerto Rican music. Socially, he considers the roles of the illicit drug trade, gender, and violence in shaping the salsa experience. Highly readable,Sounding Salsaoffers a behind-the-scenes perspective on a musical movement that became a social phenomenon.

Author Biography

Christopher Washburne is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Columbia University and the founder and Director of Columbia's Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Salsa in New Yorkp. 1
Salsa Bands and the Performance of Pueblep. 39
"The music is so good, but the scene is pure dues!": Salsa Musiciansp. 77
"Play like there's a gun to your head!": The Aesthetics and Performance Practice of Sounding Violence in Salsap. 109
New York Salsa and Drugs: Aesthetics, Performance Practice, Governmental Policy, and the Illicit Drug Tradep. 130
La India and the Masquerading of Gender on the Salsa Scenep. 151
"They are going to hear this in Puerto Rico. It has got to be good!": The Sound and Style of Salsap. 165
p. 207
p. 209
Notesp. 215
Bibliographic Referencesp. 229
Indexp. 245
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