Musicians in Transit: Argentina and the Globalization of Popular Music
Matthew B. Karush is Professor of History at George Mason University. He is the author of Culture of Class: Radio and Cinema in the Making of a Divided Argentina, 1920–1946 and coeditor of The New Cultural History of Peronism: Power and Identity in Mid-Twentieth-Century Argentina, both also published by Duke University Press.
The Introduction provides a brief account of the origins of the global music business in the early decades of the twentieth century and of Argentina’s place in the transnational networks that business created. It then sketches the economic and ideological transformations that would shape the history of Argentine popular music in subsequent years. Finally, I consider some of the theoretical issues raised by transnational musical history and explain my own methodological approach: the career narrative.