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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 9/16/2014)