'Forbidden Fruits' and the Communist Paradise: Marxist Thinking on Greekness and Class in Rebetika

@inproceedings{Zaimakis2010ForbiddenFA,
  title={'Forbidden Fruits' and the Communist Paradise: Marxist Thinking on Greekness and Class in Rebetika},
  author={Yiannis Zaimakis},
  year={2010}
}
In the longstanding debate on rebetika, many Left-wing intellectuals became involved, linking music with the broader issues of the political and cultural struggle for hegemony. According to their view, popular music was expected to express the deeper social needs, feelings, and hopes of a militant proletariat and, at the same time, the virtuous inner self of the nation. In this way, the nostalgic attitude toward the romanticized national traditions of the race met the demand for a nobler type… 
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