Principles of Postmamboism


10 Responses to “Principles of Postmamboism”

  1. octopod says:

    the map is wrong, crazy tracy is north of mambo, not kuta.

  2. Anonymous says:

    speaking as a member of one of the aforementioned groups of practitioners in new york, i appreciate your efforts to contextualize postmomboism and put it into a vernacular accessible to all those trapped inside the university system. bravo.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “Postmamboism speaks in the vernacular, deprivileging jargon, cultic language, and hyperpolysyllabicism. ”

    This is either satire or actually hilarious.

  4. Anonymous says:

    @mindysan33: punk come from rock, which is based on the blues and the afro-american experience.

    i am a post-mamboist and didn’t even know it.

    innumerable correlations with a piece i just wrote for a couple of Italian publications, my manifesto of sorts.

    under the audio file:

  5. alecalec says:

    @ Jay Levitt (no relation to Norman Levitt?) -Sokal hoax exactly, except this isn’t a hoax I imagine.

    If you disemvoweled this gobbledygook it would retain the same connection to rational thought and reality.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love it Ned! It reclaims a space for those who hear, move and create. It’s interesting that so many of music’s new experts do none of these.

  7. mindysan33 says:

    What a great concept! I’m curious about a few things, though. One, how do you feel that musical forms that are largely seen as white, middle class, and suburban do fit into this framework (you seem to say that all musical forms can indeed be studied through this framework)? I’m thinking about my field of historical study, punk, but what about others?

    Next, given this:

    “Postmamboism is cynical about the existing university system, seeing it as a place where intellectuals are neutralized by rendering their ideas unintelligible, while students and aspirants to its Priesth.ooD. are systematically exploited and driven into debt as class divisions between the educated and the uneducated deepen.”

    (a view which I think I can get behind) Can this approach be practiced at a university, do ya think? In general do you think that academia has become useless in terms of resistance? What are proposed alternatives for those of us with an inclination towards both scholarship and educating others?

    Over all, an incredibly interesting and productive way to view history in general… Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jay Levitt says:

    Am I the only person who expected that the entire article would be a Sokalesque setup to one of:

    - the five major periods of mambo, the last of which is “Mambo No. 5″

    - the use of other traditional music styles as mambo surrogates, aka “Representing the Mambo”

    - a contrast to Lionel Richie’s earlier work with the Commodores, which would be prejamboism

  9. merreborn says:

    I read that as “Post man-boy-ism”, and expected something about the likes of Zach Braff and Seth Green falling out of favor.

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