The Road To Rembetika - Music of a Greek Sub-culture - Book & CD


The Road To Rembetika - Music of a Greek Sub-culture - Book & CD

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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 onw 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. 1. Down in Lemonadiko (The Pick-pockets) by Vangelis Papazoglu, performed by Rosa Eskenazi 2. Hariklaki by Panayiotis Toundas, performed by Rosa Eskenazi 3. The Voice of the Hookah, by Vangelis Papazoglu, performed by Stelakis Perpiniades 4. Make it Stravros, written and performed by Markos Vamvakaris, 5. Secretly in a Boat (Zeimbekano Spaniola) written and performed by Stratos Payioumdzis, 6. Frankosyrian Girl, written and performed by Markos Vamvakaris, 7. The Stoker, written and performed by Yorgos Batis, 8. The Dew, by Vassilis Tsitsanis, performed by Tsitsanis & Stratos Payioumdzis. 9. The Bomb, written and performed by Kostas Roukounas, 10. Night Without Moon, by Apostolos Kaldaras, performed by Stella Haskil, 11. Some Mother Sighs, by Vassilis Tsitsanis, performed by Stella Haskil, 12. Cloudy Sunday, written and performed by Vassilis Tsitsanis, 13. The Carriage Goes Past, by Vassilis Tsitsanis, performed by Markos, Kalfopoulos, Tsitsanis, 14. Make Up a Bed, written and performed by Vassilis Tsitsanis with R. Dalia, singer, 15. When I Die on the Boat, by Babis Bakalis, performed by Sotiria Bellou, 16. When you Drink in the Taverna, written by Vassilis Tsitsanis, performed by Sotiria Bellou, 17. Captain Andreas Zeppos, by Yannis Papaioannou, performed by Sotiria Bellou, “…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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