Tango: Sex And Rhythm Of The City by Mike GonzalezTango: Sex And Rhythm Of The City by Mike Gonzalez

Tango: Sex And Rhythm Of The City

byMike Gonzalez, Marianella Yanes

Paperback | July 15, 2013

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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.
Mike Gonzalez is professor emeritus of Latin American studies at University of Glasgow in Scotland. Marianella Yanes is a Venezuelan writer, journalist, and playwright. She wrote soap operas for a number of Latin American television channels and worked in theater for many years.
Title:Tango: Sex And Rhythm Of The CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.25 × 5.8 × 0.7 inPublished:July 15, 2013Publisher:Reaktion BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1780231075

ISBN - 13:9781780231075

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Table of Contents


1. Strangers in the City

2. A City Divided

3. Tango Goes to Paris

4. Tango Finds Its Voice

5. Gardel and the Golden Age

6. The Dying of the Light

7. Astor Piazzola and Tango Nuevo

8. The Long Road Home



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Editorial Reviews

"Captivating and insightful. . . . The book delivers a beautifully depicted and well-informed history, chronicling the diverse characters and ingredients that have formed tango then and now. Suitable for the uninitiated and tango aficionado alike, Tango: Sex and Rhythm of the City is time deliciously spent."