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Making Samba
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In November 1916, a young Afro-Brazilian musician named Donga registered sheet music for the song "Pelo telefone" ("On the Telephone") at the National Library in Rio de Janeiro. This apparently simple act—claiming ownership of a musical composition—set in motion a series of events that would shake Brazil's cultural landscape. Before the debut of "Pelo telephone," samba was a somewhat obscure term, but by the late 1920s, the wildly popular song had helped to make it synonymous with Brazilian national music.

The success of "Pelo telephone" embroiled Donga in controversy. A group of musicians claimed that he had stolen their work, and a prominent journalist accused him of selling out his people in pursuit of profit and fame. Within this single episode are many of the concerns that animate Making Samba, including intellectual property claims, the Brazilian state, popular music, race, gender, national identity, and the history of Afro-Brazilians in Rio de Janeiro. By tracing the careers of Rio's pioneering black musicians from the late nineteenth century until the 1970s, Marc A. Hertzman revises the histories of samba and of Brazilian national culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. A Note about Brazilian Terminology, Currency, and Orthography
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. One. Between Fascination and Fear, Musicians’ Worlds in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro
  2. pp. 17-30
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  1. Two. Beyond the Punishment Paradigm, Popular Entertainment and Social Control after Abolition
  2. pp. 31-65
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  1. Three. Musicians Outside the Circle, Race, Wealth, and Property in Fred Figner’s Music Market
  2. pp. 66-93
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  1. Four. “Our Music”, “Pelo telefone,” the Oito Batutas, and the Rise of “Samba"
  2. pp. 94-115
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  1. Five. Mediators and Competitors, Musicians, Journalists, and the Roda do Samba
  2. pp. 116-145
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  1. Six. Bodies and Minds: Mapping Africa and Brazil during the Golden Age
  2. pp. 146-168
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  1. Seven. Alliances and Limits: The SBAT and the Rise of the Entertainment Class
  2. pp. 169-193
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  1. Eight. Everywhere and Nowhere: The UBC and the Consolidation of Racial and Gendered Difference
  2. pp. 194-226
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  1. Nine. After the Golden Age: Reinvention and Political Change
  2. pp. 227-243
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 244-252
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  1. Images
  2. pp. a-f
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 253-298
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 299-336
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 337-364
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