Princes Amongst Men : Journeys with Gypsy Musicians Paperback
Weaving historical fact, mythic tales and contemporary voices, Princes Amongst Men recounts a Balkan odyssey in search of the secret history and culture of Europe's greatest musicians - the Roma Gypsies.
On his wild and affectionate journey, Garth Cartwright wanders through the ruins of post-Communist Serbia and observes Roma refugees from the Kosovo conflict.
He attends a Gypsy wedding in Macedonia, conveys the tragedy of Romania in the aftermath of Ceaucescu, scours Skopje for opium, charts the Euro-Asian beauties so prominent in Bulgaria, almost marries a Gypsy princess in Kocani and witnesses the fiery celebrations that mark Ederlezi, the Night of the Gypsies, in an impoverished Bulgarian Gypsy ghetto.
Cartwright?s engagement with Gypsy communities bypasses clich? and overturns prejudice to return with the true story of the Gypsies?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 14/06/2007
- Category: Music: styles & genres
- ISBN: 9781852424831
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Review by spincat
The is the music book I have most enjoyed since I read Nick Cohn’s Awopbopaloobop when I was about fourteen. The author goes in search of, and interviews, gypsy musicians across Eastern Europe. Vivid and enthusiastic; a journey made more interesting by its quest. The author's style is sometimes a little self-conscious but that only adds to the charm and sense one has of real love and enthusiasm for the subject. If you already like Romany and Balkan music you will love this book - if you don't know much about it, you will be grateful to the author for opening up a new world. There is an excellent list of music and films at the end of the book.