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Gypsy Cante: Deep Song of the Caves

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Over centuries, Andalusian Gypsies developed cante jondo, or deep song, which grew from the experience of exile and marginalization. Although flamenco music enjoys wide popularity today, the words of the songs are often lost in the passion of the performance, or because they are sung in dialect. This is a bilingual sampling of the lyrics and brief commentaries by aficionad ...more
Paperback, 1128 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jul 10, 2010 Keith rated it really liked it
I've been playing flamenco guitar (off and on) and listening to flamenco music for roughly thirty years. I love flamenco singing (cante), but I don't speak a word of Spanish, so I can't follow the words. And Flamenco CDs never seem to include printed copies of the lyrics. So I've pretty much been flying blind all these years, hearing and feeling the emotional impact of the song, without knowing what it was about (except in the most general terms).

This thin volume is just what I've been looking f
Nov 29, 2007 Meg rated it it was amazing
City lights generally publishes such fantastic books, and this is no exception. It's really such an engrossing subject, and this is a great portrait of a culture.
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