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Authors:Ioannis Polychronakis: Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, UK
Publication title:Anna Vissi: The Greek ‘Madonna’?
Conference:Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:054
Abstract:In recent years Anna Vissi; the Greek pop-music star whose career has spanned over three decades; has been loudly promoted as the ‘Greek Madonna’; in an attempt to export her image and music to the international market as well as to redefine and increase her audience and appeal in Greece. While the purpose of this characterisation; which Vissi herself has embraced; is of course mainly commercial; it resonates with several crucial aspects of present-day Greek popular music. By observing the most significant characteristics of Vissi’s career; performing styles; personas and reception; this article examines some of the possible meanings of Vissi’s new image as ‘the Greek Madonna’. In particular; it focuses on the ways; in which she has arguably reaffirmed and/or reinterpreted traditional Greek popular music styles and the authenticity debate surrounding them. It ultimately argues that ‘the Greek Madonna’ remains typically Greek.
No. of pages:11
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

Ioannis Polychronakis (2007). Anna Vissi: The Greek ‘Madonna’?, Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007;article=054 (accessed 2/13/2016)