Forbidden Verses from a Greek underworld

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Forbidden Verses from a Greek underworld


This small-press publication focuses on the ‘forbidden’ lyrics of the Rembetika genre. Lavishly illustrated by Sydney-based designer Eva Harbridge and with English prose translations by Michael Alexandratos, this ‘zine’ provides non-Greek speakers a glimpse into the controversial themes featured in Rembetika songwriting. With roots in the prisons, hash-dens and ports of modern-day Greece and Turkey, these songs continue to endure and are much beloved in Greece and the diaspora the world over. 

12 pages. Published in a small edition of 75. 


 Direction and text by Michael Alexandratos. 


 All illustrations by Eva Harbridge.

Published 2016