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Tide Was Always HighThe Music of Latin America in Los Angeles$
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Josh Kun

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294394

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294394.001.0001

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Listening Across Boundaries

Listening Across Boundaries

Soundings from the Paramount Ballroom and Boyle Heights

(p.153) 9 Listening Across Boundaries
Tide Was Always High

David F. Garcia

University of California Press

This chapter presents the author's reflections about Cuban music in Los Angeles. He says that although the history of Cuban music in East Los Angeles may be little known, musicians like Cuban composer Arsenio Rodriguez and flutist Rolando Lozano are an important part of the story of how Latin American music took shape across the greater LA landscape. Re-engaging with historical documents on the Paramount Ballroom that he collected from 1996 to 2003, he says that if we rethink the nature of our temporal and spatial distances from 1965, from the Paramount Ballrooms of the past, and seek to understand this place's meanings via people's movements of all sorts across time and geographic space, then we might retrieve the Paramount Ballroom's historical significances from vantage points of a different epistemology altogether. He attempts to listen between and across boundaries of all sorts, including “between the lines” of archival newspaper reports.

Keywords:   Los Angeles, Latin American music, Cuban music, Paramount Ballroom

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