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These were some of the Creators of Rebetika . Each of the men pictured , was responsible for having either created or cultivated , some aspect of the genre to the high level of artistic excellence we hear in many of their recordings and compositions today . Each made their own individual contribution to this sound we immediately recognize  as "Ta Rebetika".  Most are gone now along with the period they so well represented . But while they were with us , they conceived and shaped a musical Art form , that accurately reflected the lives of so many alienated and disenfranchised individuals from that period . By having done so , they have unwittingly served something of a secondary and possibly even more important function . That of the unofficial chroniclers for the Era .

Today we may consider them luminaries , but for a good portion of their lives , most were considered "Persona non Grata" by the Mainstream society at large . During the years of persecution , their compositions were usually written and performed in cryptic places hidden away from public view . This in order to avoid the various authorities who could and often did make their lives miserable when given the slightest opportunity . Many were forced to keep a very low profile , lest they end up behind bars for some indiscriminate accusation or some superfluous provocation (such as playing a Bouzouke ) . However in the end it was they who persevered and prevailed .

When we hear their recordings , we often listen to them with a somewhat Romanticized predisposition . Considering the exotic nature of some of their compositions , this tendency is understandable and probably unavoidable . However the actual day by day reality of their lives , was anything but Romantic . An excessive Romanticist perspective might be comparable to a Spyglass equipped with a Rose tinged revisionist lens . This tendency can obscure details of a less palatable nature and effect our perception as well as our judgment , depriving us of a genuine and realistic appreciation for the period . One that would take into account the various trials & tribulations imposed on many of those who were obligated by time & tide to live it . We occasionally need to be reminded , that the "Art " in the "Art of Rebetiko" was not only the tangible content of their music , but also a more intangible and rarely recognized ability . The ability to overcome an imposed Sociology, that systematically victimized , stigmatized  was exclusionary and repressive , resulting in an " nderground " society with all vicissitudes the term implies .  

The legacy the Rebetic composers left behind have opened a door for not only the exploration and discovery of a specific type of music , but also for the rediscovery of a forgotten ambience during a point in time . A time that in some ways can still mirror elements of our own . To a degree , all Artists from the past have inherently played the role of  a " Guardian of the Gate ".  This is the gate that separates their Era from our ours . The better they were able to express and represent something resembling a distilled significance from their own time , the better we might be able to pass through that gate and possibly have a quick look around . Maybe even drawing one or two conclusions regarding our own Era , from this very privileged opportunity to scrutinize theirs . An opportunity given to us by these Composers from another time and during another world, far away .         

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