My Music Is My Flag: Puerto Rican Musicians and Their New York Communities, 1917-1940

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University of California Press, 1995年5月2日 - 304 頁
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Puerto Rican music in New York is given center stage in Ruth Glasser's original and lucid study. Exploring the relationship between the social history and forms of cultural expression of Puerto Ricans, she focuses on the years between the two world wars. Her material integrates the experiences of the mostly working-class Puerto Rican musicians who struggled to make a living during this period with those of their compatriots and the other ethnic groups with whom they shared the cultural landscape.

Through recorded songs and live performances, Puerto Rican musicians were important representatives for the national consciousness of their compatriots on both sides of the ocean. Yet they also played with African-American and white jazz bands, Filipino or Italian-American orchestras, and with other Latinos. Glasser provides an understanding of the way musical subcultures could exist side by side or even as a part of the mainstream, and she demonstrates the complexities of cultural nationalism and cultural authenticity within the very practical realm of commercial music.

Illuminating a neglected epoch of Puerto Rican life in America, Glasser shows how ethnic groups settling in the United States had choices that extended beyond either maintenance of their homeland traditions or assimilation into the dominant culture. Her knowledge of musical styles and performance enriches her analysis, and a discography offers a helpful addition to the text.
 

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In Our House Music Was Eaten for Breakfast
13
From Indianola to No Cola The Strange Career of the AfroPuerto Rican Musician
52
Pipe Wrenches and Valve Trombones Puerto Rican WorkerMusicians
84
Vente Tu Puerto Rican Musicians and the Recording Industry
129
El Home Relief Canario and the New York Plena
169
Sow de Borinquen Son del Barrio
191
Notes
205
Bibliography
227
Discography
245
Index
247
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第 1 頁 - People and their cultures perish in isolation, but they are born or reborn in contact with other men and women, with men and women of another culture, another creed, another race.

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Ruth Glasser is a public historian and part-time Lecturer in American Studies at Yale University.

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