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Songs of the Greek underworld : the Rebetika tradition

The tradition of Rebetika song is at the root of all that is most vibrant and subversive in the popular music of modern Greece. In its origins it is the music of the poor, the dispossessed, the refugees and the migrants who came to Greece from Asia Minor before and after the First World War. Written as a broad-brush introduction to Rebetika song, this concise and well-argued book details the everyday life of the Rebetes -- who they were, where they came from, how they dressed, their weapons and styles of fighting, their sexual preferences, their culture of hashish and of prison life, all of which form the substance of their songs.
Print Book, English, 2000
Saqi Books, London, 2000