cd cover "Until 1920 the rebetika were sung exclusively within the underworld. This urban subculture was a segment of the lowest socieconomic class in Greece, and its members were known as rebetes or manges. Though it is difficult to define a rebetis or a mangas, it can be said that he was a person who lived outside the accepted standards of the traditional Greek society, and who showed contempt for the establishment in all its forms."
from "Rebetika Songs From The Old Greek Underground" edited by Katharine Butterworth and Sara Schneider, Athens Komboloi, 1975)

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