Simon Collier

Simon Collier, who teaches at Vanderbilt University, is the co-author of Le Grand Tango: The Life and Music of Astor Piazzolla.

Nine years from now there will be a longish round of spectacular jamborees in Latin America, as its various nations celebrate the bicentenaries of their independence from the Spanish and Portuguese Empires. The cycle will begin in 2010, two hundred years after the opening shots in the Spanish American wars of independence were fired on the bleak plateau of what is now Bolivia. It will end in...


Joan Acocella, 14 December 1995

‘In France, we do it lying down,’ a French minister is reported to have said on first seeing the tango. He was not far wrong. The tango crystallised at the end of the 19th century in...

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