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Salsa RisingNew York Latin Music of the Sixties Generation$
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Juan Flores

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199764891

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764891.001.0001

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Guaracha to Mambo, Soundscapes of the Early Decades (1930–1960)

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Salsa Rising

Juan Flores

Oxford University Press

Two generations span the decades between 1930 and 1960 made up of immigrant Cuban and Puerto Rican musicians, attracted to New York City because of the burgeoning entertainment and recording industries, and the growing Latino migration and community formations of those years. This first period, ranging from the later 1920s through the mid-1940s, was characterized by the prolific composition and performance of traditional Latin American musical genres like the bolero, the son, and the guaracha. The second period, extending through the 1950s, is the illustrious mambo and Cubop era, which saw the emergence of a full-scale Latin entertainment circuit in midtown Manhattan and a lively musical life in the city’s Latino neighborhoods.

Keywords:   mambo, bolero, migration, Cuban and Puerto Rican communities, Palladium Ballroom, Machito, Rafael Hernández

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