It reveals a life full of love, family, performing, and bravery, as the virtuosic Nikolaidis dared in the 1970s to record the traditional rebetika songs banned by the military junta then ruling Greece. Fans will be engrossed with Nikolaidis's humble childhood, his time in the Army in Thebes, and the duration of his musical career. With text presented in both Greek and English, this is both a biography and a keepsake, a scrapbook filled with revelatory ephemera, press clippings, incisive passages written by friends (“First off and above all, he was a benevolent soul who had no cunning and malevolence in him”) and journalists, and brisk paragraphs laying out the highlights of Nikolaidis's life.
This up-close look at that life will prove an inspiring and entertaining read for fans, an introduction for those new to him, and a valuable source for researchers and musicologists. The translations, photos, and short-form passages offer a richly detailed vision of Nikolaidis, while the text is direct and to-the-point, dedicated to essences. It’s a collage and highlight reel in book form, honoring the author’s father's art and legacy.
Takeaway: An entertaining mixed-media celebration of an epochal Greek musician.
Great for fans of: Gail Holst’s Road to Rembetika, David Prudhomme’s Rebetiko.
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