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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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Revolt in Típico

Revolt in Típico

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Salsa Rising

Juan Flores

Oxford University Press

By 1968, the new modality of New York Latin music came fully into its own, with the growing prominence of Fania Records and its stable of superstars Willie Colón, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz, and others. This period, which extended through about 1972, preceded the naming of the music “salsa” but was nevertheless the full fruition of that style and witnessed many of the classical examples in the work of a range of major practitioners and orchestras. A crucial characteristic was the political content of the song lyrics and the whole tenor of the music, which gave voice to the raging political and cultural wars of the civil rights and Black Power movements. The songs of Eddie Palmieri in albums like Justicia and Vamonos P ’ al Monte, along with some of the compositions of Ray Barretto and Willie Colón and others, attest to this strong social content, a factor that often goes unacknowledged and eclipsed by the music’s contagious danceability.

Keywords:   Willie Colón, Fania Records, justicia, Ray Barretto, civil rights movement, Young Lords Party

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