Tango wins!


choice-featured-imageWe are delighted to be able to say that one of our Reverb titles, Mike Gonzalez and Marianella Yanes’s Tango: Sex and the Rhythm of the City, was chosen as an ‘Outstanding Academic Title of 2013.’

Every year, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries on behalf of the American Library Association, publishes a selective list of Outstanding Academic Titles published in the previous year. According to the editors, “the prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.”

The following is an excerpt from the review:

Tango-550px“This interesting, challenging, well-written, and well-documented study examines the origins and development of the tango from diverse approaches – dance history, cultural anthropology, sociology, and gender studies. The tango becomes a symbolic expression of the ‘new Argentina’, which became the melting pot of different peoples.

The book’s major themes are the community of physical theatre manifested in dance and music; the origins and development of tango dance and music from a rural to urban environment; and the role of the tango in the development of the city of Buenos Aires. Gonzalez and Yanes offer significant information about the seductive tango crossing social class lines from dark, dockside streets to dance halls. The title and subtitle hit the core of the tango and sex as a metaphor for social culture and for the context of the peoples of Buenos Aires – of all involved in this history of this port city.

The excellent bibliography, chronology, references, discography, and filmography make this an excellent resource for those interested in the historical, anthropological, sociological, and psychological aspects of the tango.”


By John Scanlan

John Scanlan is the Series Editor of Reverb with Reaktion Books.