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Made in Greece

Studies in Popular Music, 1st Edition

Edited by Dafni Tragaki


266 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

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 ZorbaMore 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)

About the Editor

Dafni Tragaki is an ethnomusicologist and an assistant professor in the Department of History, Archaeology, and Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly.

About the Series

Routledge Global Popular Music Series

The Routledge Global Popular Music Series provides popular music scholars, teachers, students, and musicologists with a well-informed and up-to-date introduction to different world popular music scenes. The series of volumes can be used for academic teaching in popular music studies, or as a collection of reference works. Written by those living and working in the countries about which they write, this series is devoted to popular music largely unknown to Anglo-American readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / General