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  • 05/2022
  • 978-057-89441-4-2
  • 508 pages
  • $49.95
Maria Nicholas
Author
Apostolos Nikolaidis

Adult; Pop Culture & Sports; (Market)

Τhis bilingual volume (in English and Greek) is a comprehensive visual monograph on the career and artistic contribution of Apostolos Nikolaidis (1938–1999), a singer of Greek laïká (urban folk) music whose career spanned four decades. He was the first Greek artist to record “prohibited” rebétika songs with their original lyrics in the early 1970s during a time when this musical genre was banned in Greece, with his unparalleled and unforgettable vocal interpretations causing a sensation and captivating Greek music audiences worldwide. Weaving together a plethora of previously unseen photographs, rare historical artifacts and original research, Apostolos’ daughter Maria brings to light the arc of her father’s memorable career: from his early days as a music-obsessed teenager working in construction in Thessaloniki, to his close collaborations with top musicians in the 1960s as an up-and-coming recording artist in Athens, to his eventual departure for North America and his legendary “outlawed” rebétika recordings there which also created the foundation of a special and enduring relationship with the Greek diaspora. Apostolos Nikolaidis’ views on music and life are revealed in his own words, while stories and reminiscences from friends and former associates provide an intimate glimpse into the singer’s one-of-a-kind personality and unyielding principles, both as an artist and as a human being. This rich tribute to one of the last great singers of the authentic “old school” of Greek laïká music includes a detailed timeline and a full discography.
Reviews
The daughter of the beloved Greek musician Apostolos Nikolaidis has assembled this mixed-media celebration of her father’s life and career in this handsome book, an act of love and memory bursting with personal photos, revealing anecdotes, an extensive biographical timeline, and impassioned tributes to his talent and courage. From a young age Nikolaidis, born in 1938, loved singing and knew he wanted to be an entertainer. Following the laïká singer’s first professional appearance, at the Athens club Triana in 1959, to his record deal with Columbia Records and his voyage from Greece to the United States, and on into a career of consequence, this in-depth study offers firsthand accounts from friends, family, journalists, and the singer himself, as much of the narrative chronicled in this work is written in first-person perspective.

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 Apostolos Nikolaidis.

Great for fans of: Gail Holst’s Road to Rembetika, David Prudhomme’s Rebetiko.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 05/2022
  • 978-057-89441-4-2
  • 508 pages
  • $49.95

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