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Music of a Greek Sub-culture, songs of Love, Sorrow, and Hashish by Gail Holst This 190-page book by Cornell Mediterranean Studies Scholar, Gail Holst, is the first and most thorough account of the music known as Rembetica. Songs that were sung in the poor quarters of Smyrna, Istanbul, and the ports of Greece in the late 19th century and became the popular bouzouki repertoire of the 19302 - 1950's have been described as analogous of with American Blues. Like the Blues, Rembetica was the music of the outsiders, who developed their own slang and their own forms of expression.
Road to Rembetica is the first book in English to attempt a general survey of the world of the ''rembetes'' who smoked hashish and danced the passionate, introspective ''zebebekiko'' to release their emotions. Includes the words and translations to over 80 classic sngs. And 40 photos taken on site of composers, performers, and some examples of actual music notes written by the composer's own hands.
The companion CD includes 17 tracks by the Legends of Rembetika, including performances by Sortira Bellou, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Kostas Roukounas, Rosa Eskenazi, Markos Vamvakaris, Stratos Payioumdzis, Yorgos Batis, Markos, Kalfopoulos, and others. Digitally remastered from the original 78 records.
Praise for The Road To Tembetika
''...an excellent and very sympathetic study about as aspect of Greek culture of which we knew virtually nothing. Quite obviously the music is, in meaning and purpose if not in sound, very close to blues.'' Paul Oliver, Blues Historian, and scholar
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