272 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Made in Puerto Rico: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive introduction to the history, culture, and musicology of twentieth and twenty-first century popular music in Puerto Rico. The essays in this volume, written by both local experts and leading scholars, contextualize under-researched areas of Puerto Rican popular music-making in relation to ideologies, aesthetics, and symbolism, and propose new ways of thinking about Puerto Rican musical cultures.

    A groundbreaking introduction to Puerto Rican musical culture, the volume covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of popular music in Puerto Rico, while also going beyond conventional narratives. Rather than simply providing histories of key genres, these insightful essays focus on the ways in which Puerto Rican musicians reimagine their distinctive musical language as it transmutes from local practices into global expressions.

    Offering both a survey of Puerto Rican popular music and pathways into deeper critical inquiry, Made in Puerto Rico is an essential resource for scholars and students of music and of Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin American, and African Diaspora Studies.

    Table of Contents

    Series Foreword

    List of Illustrations

     

    Prologue

    Ángel G. Quintero-Rivera

     

    Introduction: The Embodied Soundscape of Popular Music Studies in Puerto Rico

    By Members of the Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico

     

    Part 1. The Invention of the Popular in Puerto Rican Music

     

    Section Introduction: The Invention of the Popular in Puerto Rican Music

    Noel Allende-Goitía

     

    1. What is Popular in Puerto Rican Music?: Music and Musiking as Construction and Affirmation of the Self

    Noel Allende-Goitía

     

    2. Identity Debates and Symbolic Capital: Cultural Policies around Traditional Puerto Rican Music

    Mareia Quintero Rivera

     

    3. Revisiting Puerto Rican Nueva Canción and Its Discourse of Resistance

    Mario Cancel-Bigay

     

    4. Cuatro Music Keeps Finding New Life: Artists, Trends, and Contemporary Practice

    Noraliz Ruiz-Caraballo

     

    5. Crisis Notwithstanding: Metal in Puerto Rico

    Ramón Rosario Luna

     

    Part 2. Music, Memory, and History

     

    Section Introduction

    Hugo R. Viera-Vargas and Errol L. Montes-Pizarro

     

    6. Puerto Rican Music in the Afro-Diasporic World

    Errol L. Montes-Pizarro

     

    7. Plenazos Callejeros, Embodied Memory and Contemporary Plena in Puerto Rico, 2005-2012

    Hugo R. Viera-Vargas

     

    8. (Re)listening to Gottschalk, Morel Campos and the Jíbaros: Danza’s connections with Early Jazz

    Jaime O. Bofill-Calero

     

    9. Record Companies in New York City’s East Harlem during the first half of the 20th Century

    Ewin Martínez Torre

     

    10. Bomba: A Long Invisible Practice of Black Placemaking in Puerto Rico

    Melanie Maldonado

     

    Part 3. Globalization of the Puerto Rican Sound

     

    Section Introduction

    Jaime O. Bofill-Calero and Noraliz Ruiz-Caraballo

     

    11. ‘De Puerto Rico Pal’ Mundo’: A Brief History of Puerto Rico’s Reggaeton Music Scene

    Omar Ruiz Vega

     

    12. Between Romantic Idealism and the Tough Streets: A Look at the Development of Contemporary Salsa in Puerto Rico

    Andrés Espinoza Agurto

     

    13. Made in Puerto Rico, Made in Chicago: Diaspora as a Method for Thinking about Puerto Rican Music-Dance

    Juan Eduardo Wolf

     

    14. Queering Menudo: Forever Young 

    Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes

     

    15. CODA: Interview with composer Angélica Negrón

    By Members of Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico

     

    Selected Bibliography on Puerto Rican Popular Music

    List of Contributors

    Index

    Biography

    Hugo R. Viera-Vargas is Professor at the Universidad Albizu, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Associate Researcher at Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico.

     

    Noraliz Ruiz-Caraballo is Associate Researcher at Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico, and Musical Director for Orquesta Jíbara Dr. Francisco López Cruz, Puerto Rico.

     

    Errol L. Montes-Pizarro is Professor of Mathematics at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Cayey, and Associate Researcher at Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico.

     

    Jaime O. Bofill-Calero is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, and Associate Researcher at Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico.

     

    Noel Allende-Goitía is Associate Researcher at Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico, and Lecturer of Comparative History of Music and Research Methodology at Armoniarte Escuela Superior de Educación Artística, México.