American Latin Music
Rumba Rhythms, Bossa Nova, and the Salsa Sound
From the Series American Music Milestones
The crowd sways to the melodic strumming of a bossa nova guitarist.
A vocalist belts out lyrics that blend English and Spanish.
Couples dance to salsa’s syncopated rhythms.
These are the sounds of Latin music.
Before Latin music exploded into the mainstream in the 1990s, it was on the sidelines of American pop. Ritchie Valens fused Latin dance music with rock. Julio Iglesias popularized Latin ballads in the United States. And Gloria Estefan was the first crossover artist. But after Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” exploded onto the pop scene in 1999, Latin music took center stage.
Follow the evolution of Latin music through the decades. Learn how its distinct sounds and catchy rhythms have been integrated into American pop. Discover how it is used for political expression. And read more about stars such as Victor Jara, Selena, and Shakira.
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Social Studies|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||64|
|Reading Counts! Level||6.6|
- Booklist Top 10 Series Nonfiction
School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
“From bluegrass to blue-eyed soul and bubblegum pop to hip-hop, readers discover the exciting evolution of music in America…. This informative set will be useful for reports and of high interest to reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
Author: Matt Doeden
Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.
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American Music Milestones
This high-interest series looks at key musical landscapes in American music. Each book takes a peek at the key events, performers, albums, and songs in the evolution of a specific musical genre. View available downloads →