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Princes Amongst Men: Journeys with Gypsy Musicians Paperback – November 1, 2005

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"'Excellent survey of Roma musicians in the Balkans... What distinguishes Cartwright is his style, his verve and his whole-hearted engagement with his subject' Observer 'Funny, revealing and frequently moving' Observer Music Monthly 'A timely and hugely enjoyable exploration of the most exciting music Europe has to offer' Songlines 'Reminiscent of Jack Kerouac or Hunter S. Thompson... the prose is carefully written and keenly observed' New Internationalist 'For anyone interested in the reality of Roma culture, or planning a holiday in the region, this is the perfect offbeat companion' Sue Steward, Telegraph 'Insightful, energised and empathetic' Time Out" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Garth Cartwright was born in Palookaville, New Zealand. He left school at 16, tried his hand at singing in punk bands, promoting concerts and even boxing, before turning to writing full time. In 1995 he won the Guardian Music Writing Award. He has written for the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent On Sunday, The Times, and Folk Roots.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852428775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852428778
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,171,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By on November 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Combining the experiences of travelling close to the ground in interesting places with the richness that is Roma music... what could be better! The author's colorful, down-to-earth writing style makes for a joyful read. His passionate but critical perspectives on the music make it that much for worthwhile. I only wish there was a companion CD!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
In search of the Gypsies, master nomadic musicians of Europe, author Cartwright makes a journey through the Balkans and navigates areas not common covered in the usual travelogue: the result introduces readers to the world of the Gypsy mahalas and their musical talents. From Macedonian music's relevance to the modern world to different vocalist styles and the universal Roma hatred of the misleading Gypsy Magic, Princes Amongst Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians is steeped in history, culture, and the foundations of Roma musical heritage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Michael Grisnik on September 11, 2008
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This is a gut level adventure into Balkan life and music, not by a tourist! I found it a little difficult at first to find it's rythm, but once I did it took off like the rythms that this book is about. To American ears this music could seem odd, but having been exposed to it in my youth I find it invigorating! 7/8, 9/8, 11/8 timing you won't hear on AM radio. Mr. Cartwright has tapped into it and it flows well in his book. Several of the musicians are on YouTube and listening and watching them really made the book pop and come alive. It is funky, real, and might open a door for you into something completely different! Just what I needed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12, 2013
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I wish all musicology books were written this well and with so much fun and trivial detail, but then this book is also part travelogue, part political commentary, part gonzo anthropology. The author, after all, is a journalist, and his excellent lively writing takes the reader on a remarkable and unique exploration. Already familiar with some of the music and artists interviewed, the book is leading me to other albums and with greater appreciation. As I had opportunity to travel with musicians and meet Romani musicians in Spain and Turkey, this book moreover complements my impressions. The sections on Esma Redzepova are especially keen. She is a marvel, an amazing activist and leader, and I well understand her nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Romanian groups Taraf de Haïdoouks and Fanfare Ciocarlia (whose photograph is on the book cover) are also well known thanks to film documentaries, but we also meet Serbian songwriter Saban Bajramovic, Macedonian saxophonist Ferus Mustafov and trumpter Naat Veliov, and Bulgarian singers Jony Iliev and Azis. Besides a feel for the engaging spirit, pride, and joy of those author Cartwright encounters, we also picture the land, the heat, and the buildings of the Romani districts. We can almost taste the potent rakija booze. Simply put, this an enjoyable and educational read.
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