The Latin Beat

The Latin Beat

The Rhythms and Roots of Latin Music From Bossa Nova to Salsa and Beyond

Book - 2003 | First Da Capo Press edition
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Baker & Taylor
A guide to the diverse styles of Latin music traces the evolution of such forms as the ballad, bossa nova, samba, and salsa; offering insight into the lesser-known impact of the Latin culture on modern rock and hip-hop. Original. 30,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
The Latin explosion of Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, and the Buena Vista Social Club may look like it came out of nowhere, but the incredible variety of Latin music has been transforming the United States since the turn of the century, when Caribbean beats turned New Orleans music into jazz. In fact, we wouldn't have any of our popular music without it: Imagine pop sans the mambos of Perez Prado and Tito Puente, the garage rock of Richie Valens, or even the glitzy croon of Julio Iglesias, not to mention the psychedelia of Santana and Los Lobos and the underground cult grooves of newcomers like Bebel Gilberto. The Latin Beat outlines the musical styles of each country, then traces each form as it migrates north. Morales travels from the Latin ballad to bossa nova to Latin jazz, chronicles the development of the samba in Brazil and salsa in New York, explores the connection between the mambo craze of the 1950's with the Cuban craze of today, and uncovers the hidden history of Latinos in rock and hip hop. The Latin Beat is the only book that explores where the music has come from and celebrates all of the directions it is going.

For everyone who has fallen in love with Latin music, a guide to its many styles that also traces its place in American music and culture


Blackwell North Amer
An accessible combination of serious study and exciting pop reference, The Latin Beat explains each of the wildly varied Latin musical forms - bossa nova, cumbia, merengue, tango, ranchera, rumba, son, salsa - in the context of the countries in which they arose (Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Domincan Republic, Mexico). Morales then traces each of these forms as they migrated north, and explains how they were absorbed into the American mix. He travels from the Latin ballad to the cocktail-lounge bossa nova to Latin jazz, chronicles the development of the samba in Brazil and salsa in New York, explores the connection between the mambo craze of the '40s and '50s with the Cuban craze of today, and uncovers the hidden history of Latinos in '80s and '90s rock and hip hop. The Latin Beat explores where the music has come from, and celebrates all of the directions it is going.

Baker
& Taylor

A guide to the diverse styles of Latin music traces the evolution of such forms as the ballad, bossa nova, samba, and salsa; offering insight into the lesser-known impact of the Latin culture on modern rock and hip-hop.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2003
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780306810183
0306810182
Branch Call Number: 781.64 Morales 2003
Characteristics: xxviii, 372 pages ; 21 cm

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