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ISBN-10: 1780231075
ISBN-13: 9781780231075
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 07/15/2013
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.70" W, 0.70" H

Tango: Sex and Rhythm of the City

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Overview

Born on the unlit streets of Buenos Aires, tango was inspired by the music of European immigrants who crossed the ocean to Argentina, lured by the promise of a better life. It found its home in the city’s marginal districts, where it was embraced and shaped by young men who told stories of prostitutes, petty thieves, and disappointed lovers through its music and movements. Chronicling the stories told through tango’s lyrics, Mike Gonzalez and Marianella Yanes reveal in Tango how the dance went from slumming it in the brothels and cabarets of lower-class Buenos Aires to the ballrooms of Paris, London, Berlin, and beyond. Tracing the evolution of tango, Gonzalez and Yanes set its music, key figures, and the dance itself in their place and time. They describe how it was not until Paris went crazy for tango just before World War I that it became acceptable for middle-class Argentineans to perform the seductive dance, and they explore the renewed enthusiasm with which each new generation has come to it. Telling the sexy, enthralling story of this stylish and dramatic dance, Tango is a book for casual fans and ballroom aficionados alike.

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"The authors follow the dance through its increased sophistication with the incorporation of the accordion, its subsequent fashionability in Paris, London, and New York and its connection with the political turbulence of 20th-century Argentina. Highly informative, and peppered with lyrics to illustrate their points."– "Glasgow Herald"
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Details

ISBN-10: 1780231075
ISBN-13: 9781780231075
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 07/15/2013
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.70" W, 0.70" H
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