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

  title={'Forbidden Fruits' and the Communist Paradise: Marxist Thinking on Greekness and Class in Rebetika},
  author={Yiannis Zaimakis},
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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Rebetiko in diaspora: The London Rebetiko scene
  • James Nissen
  • Art, Sociology
    Journal of Greek Media & Culture
  • 2022
One of the most active rebetiko scenes outside Greece is in London. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork at Rebetiko Carnival, engagement with the scene between 2014 and 2020, and personal interviews


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