Faces of Salsa: A Spoken History of the Music
Leonardo PaduraISBN: 1588340805;
Book DescriptionAn award-winning Cuban novelist interviews famous salsa musicians about their lives and music. In this collection of masterfully crafted interviews with some of the most famous creators of the music we call salsa, prize-winning Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura Fuentes explores the genesis of the music, its rise in popularity, its social context, and its artistic legacy. Filled with personal revelations by the musicians, historical detail about their lives and times, and colorful anecdotes about their identities, friendships, and working relationships, the book is a tribute to the artistry and social commitment of some of the most inventive artists of our time. In his brilliant introduction about the idols of Latin music since the 1920s, and throughout the book, Padura takes up the old dispute about the relationship of salsa to the Cuban music known as son, but the book is not a search for origins. Rather, through his conversations with a group of extraordinarily...
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