Gail Holst on the road to rembetika
in the 1970s.
Gail Holst-Warhaft was born in Australia but has spent most of her life involved with Greece. She has been, at various times, a journalist, broadcaster, writer, academic, musician, poet, and independent scholar. In the 1970s, while carrying out research for two books about Greek music, she performed as a keyboard-player with Greece’s leading composers, including Mikis Theodorakis and Dionysios Savvopoulos. She is a Professor at Cornell University where she directs a program of Mediterranean Studies. In addition to Road to Rembetika her many publications include Theodorakis: Myth and Politics in Modern Greek Music (1980), Dangerous Voices: Women’s Laments and Greek Literature (1992), The Cue for Passion: Grief and its Political Uses (2000), and I Had Three Lives: Selected Poems of Mikis Theodorakis (2005). She has also published translations of Aeschylus, and of a number of well-known modern Greek poets and prose-writers including Nikos Kavadias, Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, Iakovos Kambanellis, and Alki Zei. Her poems have appeared in journals in the US, the UK, Australia and Greece. Her first collection of poems, Penelope’s Confession, was published by Cosmos Books in 2007.