Christopher C King's survey of some of Europe's oldest folk music now available on Bandcamp
Tompkins Square has released a soundtrack to Christopher C King's recent publication Lament From Epirus: An Odyssey Into Europe's Oldest Surviving Folk Music, published on Norton this year. The book traces the history of the genre back to its roots, with recordings collected during the author's explorations in North Western Greece, while asking what these songs mean for the history of humanity.
Reviewed in The Wire 415, Frances Gooding explains, “Lament From Epirus is a feverish memoir of the ecstasies and traumas of a music obsessive, and a gonzo account of the deep, transporting meaning of music itself. Our guide through the labyrinth of his own foibles and into the underworld of the musical past is Christopher C King, a sort of grumpy Henri Michaux of shellac.”. In August, King compiled a playlist for The Wire, which featured tracks from the book (the majority of which are featured in the Tompkins Square release), and with explanations as to what each track is.
You can buy Lament from Epirus Soundtrack on Bandcamp.