Wednesday 23 May, 19:00h.:

Relese event for “The Tide Was Always High. The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles” by Josh Kun (multimedia presentation).
The Tide Was Always High. The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles.
Josh Kun (editor)
University of California Press September 2017
Paperback, 252 pages

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.

The Tide Was Always High gathers together essays, interviews, and analysis from leading academics, artists, journalists, and iconic Latin American musicians to explore the vibrant connections between Los Angeles and Latin America. Published in conjunction with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the book shows how Latin American musicians and music have helped shape the city’s culture—from Hollywood film sets to recording studios, from vaudeville theaters to Sunset Strip nightclubs, and from Carmen Miranda to Pérez Prado and Juan García Esquivel.

Josh Kun is Professor and Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication at the USC Annenberg School in Los Angeles. He is currently a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. An author, essayist, journalist, and curator, Kun writes about music and the cultural politics of connection. His previous books include Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America, Songs in the Key of Los Angeles, Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies, and Double Vision: The Photography of George Rodriguez. As a sound and music curator, he has collaborated with SFMOMA, California African American Museum, The Grammy Museum, and more. He is a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation.