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The Jail's A Fine School

Kostis A.

The Jail's A Fine School

Label: Mississippi

Genre: World Music

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Repress! The first ever vinyl collection of the legendary Kostis, the most enigmatic of all Greek rebetika artists of the early 1930s. Truly unique guitar duets and black-humor prose chronicling the hash dens, prison culture and pickpockets of old Athens. Virtuosic fingerpicking of Near-Eastern modes at the dawn of rebetika, when the bouzouki was yet to become supreme. Recorded under a pseudonym for export to the Greeks living in America, it stands as an enduring mystery and the high standard for a once subversive art form. This release includes Greek and English lyrics, extensive liner notes by Tony Klein and many previously unpublished photographs.