Made in Greece: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive and thorough introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary Greek popular music. Each essay covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in Greece, first presenting a general description of the history and background of popular music in Greece, followed by essays, written by leading scholars of Greek music, that are organized into thematic sections: Hugely Popular, Art-song Trajectories, Greekness beyond Greekness, Counter Stories, and Present Musical Pasts.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Greek Popular Music Studies? (DAFNI TRAGAKI) / Part I: Hugely Popular / 1. Sentiment, Memory, and Identity in Greek Laiko Music (1945-1967) (LEONIDAS ECONOMOU) / 2. Anna Vissi: Singing Greece’s Contemporary Socio-Cultural History (IOANNIS POLYCHRONAKIS) / 3. No More Babes on the Dance-Stage: The Changing Modes of Spectatorship in Athenian Live Music Nightclubs (IOANNIS TSIOULAKIS) / Part II: Art Song Trajectories / 4. "Art-popular" Song and Modern Greek Poets – Interactions and Ideologies: The Case of Mikis Theodorakis (POLINA TAMBAKAKI) / 5. An "Impossible" Place: The Creative Antinomies of Manos Hadjidakis’ Modernism (PANAGIOTIS A. KANELLOPOULOS) / 6. Producing Entechno: Amalgamation and Hybridization in a Controversial Musical Style (DIMITRIS VARELOPOULOS) / Part III: Greekness beyond Greekness / 7. Musical Poiesis, Erotic Cosmology, and Commodity Life: The Lena Platonos Project (STATHIS GOURGOURIS) / 8. Digital Music Creativity: Chipmusic in/from Greece (MARILOU POLYMEROPOULOU) / 9. "Sharing What We Lack": Contextualizing Live Experimental Music in Post-2009 Athens (DANAE STEFANOU) / Part IV: Counter-Stories / 10. Popular Music and the Colonels: Terror and Manipulation under the Military Dictatorship (1967–1974) (ANNA PAPAETI) / 11. Popular Gypsy Musicians and the Political Economy of Affect in Contemporary Greece (ASPASIA THEODOSIOU) / 12. "Leviz mo la!": Albanian Rap Music Made in Athens (LAMBRINI STYLIOU) / Part V: Present Musical Pasts / 13. Popular Music in Crete: The Case of the Lyra-Laouto Ensemble (IOANNIS PAPADATOS AND KEVIN DAWE) / 14. "Dedicated to the Jamaica of Greece": Copyrighting Place, Inventing Tradition, and World-Music Transformations of an Island Folk Dance (PANAYOTIS PANOPOULOS) / 15. Past Forward: Creative Re-inventions of Urban Popular Song in the Music of Sokratis Malamas (DAFNI TRAGAKI) / Coda / 16. Is Zorba More Greek Than Greek Music?: How Greek Music is Perceived and Reproduced beyond Greece’s Borders (GAIL HOLST-WARHAFT) / Afterword / 17. A Head Full of Gold: A Discussion with Yiannis Angelakas (DAFNI TRAGAKI)
Dafni Tragaki is an ethnomusicologist and an assistant professor in the Department of History, Archaeology, and Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly.
"In her preface to Made in Greece, the editor, anthropologist Dafni Tragaki, proclaims the book’s ambitious task, namely ‘to question established notions of "the popular"’ and to ‘destabilize certainties about what is labelled "Greek popular music" and how we make sense of it’ (xi). As it turns out, the book rises quite successfully to the challenge, exposing the Greek case study as particularly conducive to a critical re-evaluation of the term. … Overall, Made in Greece succeeds in painting a diverse picture of ‘the popular’ in Greek music, while issuing a theoretically-minded challenge to this very category as a substantive, globally-commensurable form." — Oded Erez, Ethnomusicology Forum