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 Greeceâ€™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: Womenâ€™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, Penelopeâ€™s Confession, was published by Cosmos Books in 2007.