Includes bibliographical references and index.
. - Prologue : curious black discs and dead ends ; A street of gramophones ; The black earth of Epirus ; "You know, Greeks don't even like this music" ; That's going to leave a mark ; Zoumba's lament ; Kitsos's shepherd song ; Satyr dance ; Some kind of a tool ; Epilogue : on fossils, memory
. - Lament from Epirus is an unforgettable journey into a musical obsession, which traces a unique genre back to the roots of song itself. As King hunts for two long-lost virtuosos--one of whom may have committed a murder--he also tells the story of the Roma people who pioneered Epirotic folk music and their descendants who continue the tradition today. King discovers clues to his most profound questions about the function of music in the history of humanity: What is the relationship between music and language? Why do we organize sound as music? Is music superfluous, a mere form of entertainment, or could it be a tool for survival? King's journey becomes an investigation into song and dance's role as a means of spiritual healing--and what that may reveal about music's evolutionary origins
. - Publisher Synopsis "A passionate record collector embarks on a Greek musical odyssey in this captivating travelogue,... remarkable book... It's not a spoiler to say that King found what he was looking for, and he tells the story well." -- Ed Ward - Financial Times "The book is a great read in itself, but for aficionados of hardcore folk music, it's essential, grappling as it does with what might lie (perhaps deeply buried) in the heart of the music we love." -- fRoots "... superb book... A highly recommended read, then, for anyone interested in the music of the southern Balkans, the roots of European folk music, the aesthetics of vernacular music or the philosophy of record collecting." -- Songlines "Anyone interested in the power of music-spiritually, culturally, historically, or politically-will find this odyssey to be transformative. By way of an anthropological detective story, Christopher King deftly reveals details and echoing connections I personally never even imagined. Fascinating." -- Jim Jarmusch "Christopher King's relationship to music is passionate and profound. As a scholar and obsessive collector of 78s he has few peers. Lament from Epirus will delight anyone who has ever put the needle down on an unknown record and waited to see what would come out of the speakers." -- Hari Kunzru, author of White Tears
. - 200 kr
. - 250 kr