Book Review: Decoding “Despacito”–An Oral History of Latin Music

By Leila Cobo
(paperback) $14.95

From the salsa of the streets of New York City, to Puerto Rican reggaeton and bilingual chart-toppers, this is an oral history treasure trove of anecdotes and insights (like, for example, Robbie Draco Rosa’s revelation that “Livin’ La Vida Loca” was inspired by The Doors) from a Who’s Who of Latin artists, execs, observers, and players. A whole pageant of artists is covered, from Jose Feliciano to Bad Bunny, Santana to Shakira, and from Ricky Martin to Rosalia, Luis Fonsi, J Balvin and more.