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Princes Amongst Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians
Weaving historical fact, mythic tales and contemporary voices, Princes Amongst Men recounts a Balkan odyssey in search of the secret history and culture of Europe's greatest musicians - the Roma Gypsies. On his wild and affectionate journey, Garth Cartwright wanders through the ruins of post-Communist Serbia and observes Roma refugees from the Kosovo conflict. He attends a ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Serpent's Tail
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Aug 31, 2011 Adam Dupaski rated it really liked it · review of another edition
"Princes Amongst Men" is a great account of Balkan Romani music with overall solid insights into historical, ethnic, and mythic backgrounds. Cartwright's journey through Serbia , Macedonia, Romania, and Bulgaria makes for illuminating reading at the intersection of travelogue and exploration of little-known musical traditions. The fact Cartwright had ins with Esma Redzepova, Boban Markovic, Fanfare Ciocarlia, and a slew of other heavyweights makes this imperative reading for anyone interested in ...more
Since I'm traveling the Balkans this summer, mainly to check out the Guca festival in Serbia, this book is indispensable to planning my trip! For everybody who doesn't want to run away to the Balkans, this book is still superb in its empathetic voice toward a beautiful culture and people.