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Cuba and Its Music
Ned Sublette
Chicago Review Press, 2004
A comprehensive history of Cuban music that also encompasses a rich social history of the Caribbean.

Cuban Music from A to Z
Helio Orovio
Duke University Press, 2004
Translated from its original Spanish, Orovio's book is a definitive dictionary of Cuban music, its artists, and its instruments.

From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Identity
Juan Flores
Columbia University Press, 2000
A series of essays exploring aspects of Puerto Rican culture in New York City, including the development of various musical styles within the Nuyorican community.

Latin 100 Essential CDs: The Rough Guide
Sue Steward
Rough Guides, 2001
Crossing genres from Afro-Cuban Jazz to Salsa to Pop, information about one hundred definitive Latin music recordings through to 2001.

The Latin Beat: The Rhythms and Roots of Latin Music from Bossa Nova to Salsa and Beyond
Ed Morales
Da Capo Press, 2003
A look at the impact of the Latin sound in the United States and throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

The Latin Tinge: The Impact of Latin American Music on the United States
John Storm Roberts
Oxford University Press, 1999
One of the first books to explain how strongly Latin music influenced music in the United States.

¡Música! The Rhythm of Latin America: Salsa, Rumba, Merengue, and More
Sue Steward
Chronicle Books, 1999
Discover Latin rhythms heard around the world and the artists who play them.

Oye Como Va! Hybridity and Identity in Latino Popular Music
Deborah Pacini Hernandez
Temple University Press, 2009
This book explores the major musical genres performed and enjoyed by U.S. Latinos since the 1960s, from Salsa and Merengue to Norteño, Rap and Reggaetón, as well as the musical fusions produced by more recent immigrants such as Dominicans and Colombians.