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The Sounds of LatinidadImmigrants Making Music and Creating Culture in a Southern City$
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Samuel K. Byrd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479859405

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479859405.001.0001

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Bands Making Musical Communities

Bands Making Musical Communities

(p.59) 3 Bands Making Musical Communities
The Sounds of Latinidad

Samuel K. Byrd

NYU Press

This chapter documents how bands and their audiences engage in a process of community formation around music. Musical community is defined here as existing at the intersection of local and mass consumption, often serving as a point of mediation between locally produced, “grassroots” expressions of music and nationally and globally popular mass expressions of music. Working together to create music, this community establishes their political agency through negotiations of genre, style, and outlook, and through performance of music. The Latin music scene in Charlotte consists of the Eastside, Intown, and Uptown districts, each loosely corresponding to a geographic area of the city. Band-made communities within these districts highlight class divisions and tensions around race and ethnicity within the Latino community and between Latinos and non-Latinos.

Keywords:   musical community, band-made communities, Eastside district, Intown district, Uptown district, community formation, Charlotte

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