Now all the lads are crying

by Fermín Jiménez Landa

Now all the lads are crying, a project centred on Rebetiko music, is a clear example of this method. An investigatory process has led him to studying its musical, popular and social identity in order to carry it over into his own line of action, apart from making a documentary or anthropological reading, and thus confront it with the aspects that define his work: sense of humour, ridiculed solemnity, fascination with the absurd, a parodying approach to everyday reality and irreverent respect for those spheres of knowledge he uses as initial seed; in this case the sordid and subversive Rebetiko underground and, in turn, the particularised reading of present-day Greek society.

Moreover, because of his condition as Western traveller in Greek territory—a place considerably defined by its cultural contradictions and tensions between East and West—the set of proposals that comprise the project raise questions about certain frequent stereotypes in Fermín’s career. Universal platitudes such as tourism and its exoticism regarding the remote, the development of subcultures as a system of resisting power, popular music and its relation to the local and global, or the blend of cultures.
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