Tango Stories - Musical SecretsIn this unique new book, Michael Lavocah takes you on a compelling journey through tango music. He introduces the key individuals who shaped tango history, telling their stories in a series of lively vignettes. Engaging, entertaining and passionate, this is the definitive English language guide to tango dance music. Packed with information that you just won’t find anywhere else, Tango Stories: Musical Secrets is essential reading for anyone who would like to understand tango better.

FroThe Meaning of Tango: The Story of the Argentinian Dance.m the backstreets of Buenos Aires to Parisian high society, this is the riveting story of the dance that captivated the world—a tale of politics and passion, immigration, and romance. The Meaning of Tango traces the development of the dance, from its birth in poverty-stricken Buenos Aires, through the craze of the early 20th century, right up to its recent revival today thanks to Broadway shows such as Tango Argentino. It also explains the techniques behind the dance and shows why mastering the tango is more like learning a language than a routine. For beginners or experts, dancers or armchair fans, this wonderful book is the perfect partner for enjoying the world’s favorite dance.

Encyclopedia of TangoTango, declared cultural heritage of Buenos Aires in 1998 and intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the UNESCO in 2009, is probably the only cultural manifestation throughout history that embodies music, dance, and poetry. This encyclopedia gives a detailed account of tango recordings before, during, and after the golden age of tango, along with tango orchestras, musicians, and singers.

  • Masculinities: Football, Polo and the Tango in Argentina (Global Issues)
    Masculinities: Football, Polo and the Tango in ArgentinaThe complex relationship between nationalism and masculinity has been explored both historically and sociologically with one consistent conclusion: male concepts of courage and virility are at the core of nationalism. In this ground-breaking book, the author questions this assumption and advances the debate through an empirical analysis of masculinity in the revealing contexts of same-sex (football and polo) and cross-sex (tango) relations. Because of its rich history, Argentina provides the ideal setting in which to study the intersection of masculine and national constructs: hybridization, creolization and a culture of performance have all informed both gender and national identities. Further, the author argues that, counter to claims made by globalization theorists, the importance of performance to Argentinian men and women has a long history and has powerfully shaped the national psyche.

    But this book takes the analysis far beyond national boundaries to address general arguments in anthropology which are not culture-specific, and the discussion poses important comparative questions and addresses central theoretical issues, from the interplay of morality and ritual, to a comparison between the popular and the aristocratic, to the importance of ‘othering’ in national constructions – particularly those relating to sport.

    This book represents a major contribution, not only to anthropology, but to the study of gender, nationalism and culture in its broadest sense.