Song and Social Change in Latin America

Song and Social Change in Latin America

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Politics and music are intertwined in this study of different musical forms in Latin America from the twentieth century to the present as scholars from diverse disciplines analyze various musical genres contextualized by moments of political importance in Latin America. Interviews of prominent and up-and-coming musicians from Latin America discuss how the personal is actually political.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.67g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739179489
  • 9780739179482
  • 1,841,655

Table of contents

Introduction Lauren Shaw Part I: Music and Agency Chapter 1: Singing the City, Documenting Modernization: Cortijo y su combo and the Insertion of the Urban in 1950s Puerto Rican Culture Carmelo Esterrich Chapter 2: Shattering Myths: Brazil: Brazil's Tropicalia Movement John R. Baldwin and Phillip J. Chidester Chapter 3: The Mockingbird Still Calls for Arlen: Central American Songs of Rebellion, 1970-2010 Juan Carlos Urena Chapter 4: Social Denunciation of the Politics of Fear: Rock Music through the Eighties in Argentina, Chile and Peru Lisette Balabarca Chapter 5: The Politics of Language, Class, and Nation in Mexico's Rock en espanol Movement Ignacio Corona Chapter 6: Witnessing Forced Internal Displacement in Colombia Through Vallenato Music Diana Rodriguez Quevedo Chapter 7: Rich Poetry: Cuban Voices of Possibility Lauren Shaw Part II: Conversations on Music and Social Change Ruben Blades, New York City Habana Abierta, Madrid Roy Brown, Mayaguez, Ana Tijoux, Boston Mare Advertencia Lirika, Oaxaca via Skype
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[This book] is a must-read for all those interested in building an emancipatory politics of the twenty first century. It opens a poetics of possibility which shines new light on the importance of taking seriously the cultural, the popular and the everyday in social change and political transformation. The collection takes us on a journey that crosses geographical, cultural, political and epistemological borders...[The book's] playful use of form, combining traditional scholarly analysis of song with six interviews with musicians ... contributes to its ability to stimulate the critical imagination and to open emancipatory horizons. The thirteen unique contributions highlight some of the generic ways in which song-poetry facilitates social change...This volume is to be actively and tenderly explored. Through an embodied act of reading we can become active interlocutors with the text, listening to the traditions discussed. Through savouring the text in this way, we enter a dialogue of knowledges that engages our head, heart, body and imagination. Song and Social Change in Latin America transgresses borders. For this reason it is a gem. Bulletin of Latin American Research With a light hand, Lauren Shaw and the contributors to her edited collection, Song and Social Change in Latin America, wonderfully interpret the importance of song in postwar Latin American history, linking it to experiences of work, family, protest, and migration. The collection, which includes interviews with a number of musicians, reads like a poem or the liner notes to the soundtrack of a generation that took to heart Emma Goldman's insistence that to be a revolutionary meant to affirm 'life and joy' though music and dance. -- Greg Grandin, New York University This volume presents useful documentation and perspectives on an important dimension of modern Latin American culture. Through song texts, scholarly interpretations, and revealing interviews with articulate artists, it provides much insight into an important chapter in the cultural history of the Americas, from Argentina to the Bronx. -- Peter Manuel, CUNY Graduate Center
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About Lauren E. Shaw

Lauren Shaw is an associate professor of Spanish at Elmira College where she teaches Hispanic Studies in the Romance Language Program and hosts a Spanish language radio program called Voces.
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