The Tide Was Always High
This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book explores the musical urbanism of Los Angeles through the ear of Latin America. It argues that the musical life of this dispersed and dynamic metropolis is shaped by immigrant musicians and migrating, cross-border musical cultures that not only have determined LA's “harmonies of scenery,” but have also been active participants in the making of the city's modern aesthetics and modern industries. The remainder of the chapter discusses just how intertwined the music of Los Angeles and the music of Latin America have been since the very birth of the city in the eighteenth century.
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