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The Sounds of Latinidad: Immigrants Making Music and Creating Culture in a Southern City

Samuel K. Byrd


This book explores the Latino music scene as a lens through which to understand changing ideas about latinidad in the New South. Focusing on Latino immigrant musicians and their fans in Charlotte, North Carolina, the volume shows how limited economic mobility, social marginalization, and restrictive immigration policies have stymied immigrants' access to the American dream and musicians' dreams of success. Instead, Latin music has become a way to form community, debate political questions, and claim cultural citizenship. The book illuminates the complexity of Latina/o musicians' lives. They fi ... More

Keywords: Latino music scene, latinidad, Latino immigrant musicians, American dream, Latin music, popular music, economic mobility, social marginalization, restrictive immigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479859405
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479859405.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel K. Byrd, author