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Bachata PB: Social History of a Dominican Popular Music (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Juni 1995

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"[A]n important work on many levels. [Hernandez'] writings trace the impact of political upheaval and rural migration on the development of bachata and Dominican music in general [and analyze] issues of sex and gender as expressed by bachata's mostly male interpreters." --New York Latino "Deep in the shadow of the glamorous merengue, the Dominican Republic has nurtured a music called bachata whose history parallels the blues'. With consummate skill, Deborah Pacini Hernandez sorts out the many forces that have shaped this style from the bottom up. This book is an explanatory wonder that integrates music, politics, geography, history, media, global and local culture." --Charles Keil, State University of New York at Buffalo, author of Urban Blues and Polka Happiness "This is a profound contribution to the understanding of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean culture. Pacini uses her study of a dynamic and increasingly popular form of Dominican music to draw a remarkable portrait of a society in transition. Combining the best in modern cultural theory with an intimate familiarity with grassroots culture, Pacini's book provides unique and richly nuanced perspectives on the vicissitudes of modernization and urbanization." --Peter Manuel, City University of New York, author of Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae


Like rap in the United States, bachata began as a music of the poor and dispossessed. Originating in the shantytowns of the Dominican Republic, it reflects the social and economic dislocation of the poorest Dominicans. Derived from the Latin American tradition of guitar music, bachata emerged in the 1960s only to be denigrated by the media, mainstream musicians, and middle- and upper-class Dominicans, mainly because the lyrics often about hard drinking, women troubles, illicit sex, and male bravado were considered vulgar and worthless. While popular radio filled the air waves with merengue and salsa, bachata musicians were forced to develop their own system of producing and distributing their music. Not until Juan Luis Guerra won a Grammy in 1992 for his album "Bachata Rosa" did bachata gain legitimacy and international recognition. Deborah Pacini Hernandez traces the impact of political upheaval and rural migrations on the development of bachata and the Dominican music industry. Her multi-disciplinary study analyzes the changing attitudes about bachata and its principal musical competitor, merengue.

She considers issues of sex and gender as perceived and expressed by bachata's mostly male musicians, especially in the context of changing patterns of marriage. Exploring how bachata like rap became respectable and even fashionable, Pacini Hernandez offers a unique perspective of five decades of social, economic, and political change in the Dominican Republic. Deborah Pacini Hernandez is Assistant Professor and Associate Director at the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida.

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This book not only has a detailed history of Bachata, it also has some of the most insightful information about race and class and how the music of the Dominican Republic reflects the times. It also has some great history of the Merengue. I lived in the DR for two and a half years, and i feel this book captures Dominican culture perfectly.
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Belongs on your world music shelf along with such classics as "Listening to Salsa," "The Brazilian Sound," and "Reggae: The Rough Guide."
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HASH(0x908b29fc) von 5 Sternen Detailed and well researched, but dated 25. Juni 2004
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I'm glad to have gotten this book, but the cover photo of Raulin Rodriguez is somewhat misleading. I'm a huge fan of Raulin and I was hoping to read more about his impact on the popularity of the Bachata in the DR. There is still a lot of stigma attached to the Bachata as music suited for bothels and shantytowns and the emergence of Raulin and Antony Santos has done much to make this form of music legit in the public view. The bachata of today is very different than the political songs described in the book. It also seems to me that most of the research took place in the Santo Domingo area rather than on the north coast where the Bachata is far more popular. Just as you wouldn't research country music in NYC, it seems odd to research the Bachata in the DR's largest city. A full follow-up book on the Bachata of today would be great that includes the Americanization of the form by such groups as Aventura and the current complexity of the music's guitar form.
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HASH(0x908b2e64) von 5 Sternen AMAZINGLY DETAILED HISTORY OF BACHATA MUSIC 20. Dezember 2001
Von Sam E. Sage - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Deborah Pacini Hernandez offers an excellently researched, intelligently written, and amazingly detailed history of the Dominican Republic's Bachata music. Be forewarned ... this is not an easy book to read; this is not a glib magazine article with a superficial history of Bachata. On the contrary, Ms. Hernandez analyzes the growth of Bachata from a socio-economic / political and cultural point of view and her discussions and overall presentation often read like a doctoral dissertation.
Despite the book's academic tone, it is a wonderfully rich, engrossing study of Bachata and I highly recommend it. The book covers the birth of Bachata (circa the early 1960's) and traces its growth up until the early 1990's. I would like Ms. Hernandez to write another book that covers the explosive growth and popularity of Bachata from the mid 1990's up to the present. Ms. Hernandez is to be commended on her extraordinary research and intelligent presentation. I rate this book: A+.
HASH(0x908b2e10) von 5 Sternen Slumdog music goes legit 22. März 2016
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If ethnomusicology is not your bag, you might consider giving this book a miss. The author hits you with everything she's got and it's not an easy read, but she's got a lot. That's why I'm giving it five stars. I found far more information than I could absorb, mainly because I'm not so into Dominican music. I like it, of course, or I wouldn't have picked this book, but I nearly sank under the load of names of singers, players, recording studios, slums of Santo Domingo, and more. Never mind, this is really a great book of ethnomusicology and the reason I say so is that Pacini Hernandez ties Dominican political, social, and economic history so well to the music content. The book is organized both thematically and chronologically. She traces the origins of bachata, a formerly lower class musical style that was popular in the countryside and in the slums. Beginning with the Trujillo era, she shows how that dictator's tyranny forced great numbers of people into urban slums, Political strife and corrupt governments after Trujillo's demise continued to push people out of the rural areas. They brought bachata with them. They had weekend parties or music performed in the bars, whorehouses, and colmados (kind of convenience stores). Vendors sold 45 rpm records on the streets. The national radio refused to play bachata. "...Bachata's appeal has rested precisely on its ability to articulate the needs and concerns of people being forced to adapt to the difficulties of the urban experience under conditions of extreme poverty." Middle and upper class Dominicans scorned bachata as crude and primitive. Merengue was the accepted "class Dominican" thing to listen to. The author shows how, in the early 90s, some new, musically-trained performers brought about a change of attitude and bachata suddenly became accepted as a real Dominican form, even popular. Five elements---the music, the performers, the audience, the media of transmission, and social context---are covered extremely well. I felt I learned a great deal about Dominican society by reading about its music. That's the top achievement in ethnomusicology. If you want a book that does for Dominican music what "Sugarball" did for Dominican baseball, you've come to the right place.
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HASH(0x908b2dd4) von 5 Sternen The perfect book of Dominican culture 24. Februar 1998
Von Art Vandelay - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book not only has a detailed history of Bachata, it also has some of the most insightful information about race and class and how the music of the Dominican Republic reflects the times. It also has some great history of the Merengue. I lived in the DR for two and a half years, and i feel this book captures Dominican culture perfectly.
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HASH(0x908b2e34) von 5 Sternen The Story of Bachata 16. Januar 2008
Von BennyG - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This fun to read and well researched book explores the rise of Bachata from its obscure beginning as a musical style of the rural and urban poor in the Dominican Republic to its eventual international popularity. It is the only book of its kind in english and a must read for anyone interested in bachata's roots.

Hernandez delves particularly into social conditions and class issues which impacted bachata's formative years. The book traces back the Dominican Republic's musical and social climate beginning from the period of the repressive Trujillo Dictatorship (1930s-1961), and through bachata's humble beginnings in the 1960s to its attainment of international popularity by the early 1990s.

While the subject matter is complex, the book flows easily and is actually difficult to put down. Interviews with musicians, colorful anecdotes and plentiful song lyrics all help to bring to life the humor, candor, and also the pains, of the people who created bachata.

An excellent companion to this book is the classic bachata compilation CD Bachata Roja: Acoustic Bachata From the Cabaret Era - the accompanying booklet features an introduction by Hernandez along with many of the photos she took while researching.
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