This LP sleeve perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the late 1960s and early 1970s. On the 1971 CBS disc Maria Farantouri and John Williams perform music by Mikis Theodorakis, including the theme from Constatin Costa Gravas' film Z. For my money it is one of the most beautiful records ever made. It is available on a Sony Greece CD; but, sadly, the cover photograph has been replaced by bland graphics. As the LP sleeve notes explains:
Theodorakis has set to music a number of passages from the verse-drama "The Hostage" by the Irish writer Brendan Behan. Although "The Hostage" deals with the Irish troubles, the Greek people applied the songs to their own struggle against the tyranny set up in Athens after the coup d'etat of April 1967, and in particular "The Smiling Boy" was taken as referring to the death of Lambrakis.Mikis Theodorakis was imprisoned by the Greek military dictatorship. Below is the title page from my copy of his account of those times, Journals of Resistance. Maria Farantouri (which is the usual transliteration of the Greek, rather than Farandouri as on the record sleeve) went into exile when Theodorakis' music was banned after the 1967 coup. She became known as 'the Greek Joan Baez' and made a major contribution to the international resistance to the fascist regime by performing Theodorakis' songs around the world. There is some powerful footage on YouTube of Maria Farantouri performing with Mikis Theodorakis. Read about music's fight against the Greek military junta in songs of freedom.
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