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Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles

Josh Kun


In 1980, the celebrated new wave band Blondie headed to Los Angeles to record a new album and along with it, the cover song “The Tide Is High,” originally written by Jamaican legend John Holt. Featuring percussion by Peruvian drummer and veteran LA session musician “Alex” Acuña, and with horns and violins that were pure LA mariachi by way of Mexico, “The Tide Is High” demonstrates just one of the ways in which Los Angeles and the music of Latin America have been intertwined since the birth of the city in the eighteenth century. This book gathers together essays, interviews, and analysis from l ... More

Keywords: Blondie, Los Angeles, music, Latin America, Latin American musicians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520294394
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Josh Kun, editor
University of Southern California

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