Sunday, 23 September 2012

Takis Vassilakis. Art exhibition, Paris, 1964.

Vassilakis Takis (born October 25, 1925) is an artist living in Greece. Adopted by France, his works can be found in many public locations in and around Paris.
Photograph by Simos Tsapnidis, 1964.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Greek Ship EURYMEDON and sailors. Hamburg, 1958



 The Greek ship EURYMEDON and some of the greek sailors. Hamburg.
Photographs by Simos Tsapnidis, April 12, 1958

Thursday, 20 September 2012

John Spartakos. Interview, 1999.



John Spartakos (Γιάννης Σπάρτακος) was one of the greatest musicians of Greece. His song “Greek Bolero” (Θα σε πάρω να φύγουμε), is the first greek song that became an international hit, 1944. John Spartakos talks with the journalist Manolis Daloukas, 1999.

The Flying Shack, headquarters of the Greek Existentialists. Athens, 1953.



 Flying Shack (Ιπτάμενη Παράγκα) was the name of the wooden house of Simos Tsapnidis (Σίμος Τσαπνίδης), leader of the Greek Existentialists. Here, hundreds of youths used to hang out, from 1953 to 1956. They formed an art group, deep in the heart ofAthens.



The group, involved theater, poetry, dance, visual arts and music. They danced and played a strange kind of music, a mixture of boogie and swing, but with improvisations, in a dada spirit.
Many traveling artists and political fugitives, found a refuge here.  Police termed the Flying Sack, a “home of orgies” and closed it, by 1955. Simos Tsapnidis, fled Greece, in 1956, and traveled all over Europe, for 20 years


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Greek sailors. Hamburg, 1963.


Greek sailors  at the greek bar-restaurant "Greek Corner (ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΓΩΝΙΑ)", Hambourg, 1963.
Sailors dance to the rembetika and demotica (greek traditional )songs. A group of greek musicians, play the music.


All photographs by Simos Tsapnidis, 1963.






Lazy on a sunny afternoon.London, 1967

Lazy on a sunny afternoon. Photographs by Simos Tsapnidis, London, 1967






Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Mods outside the club Tiles. Bee Gees Live Performance,1967


Mods waiting for Bee Gees live performance, outside the historic club TILES, London.
Support group was The Tangerine Peel
All photographs by Simos Tsapnidis, 1967.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Amsterdam, 1958

All phtotographs by Simos Tsapnidis, 1958
Copyright Manolis Daloukas















Morka- Just Like Ann (Dorian Kokas).

Morka (Dorian Kokas, Michalis Orphanides, George Tambakopoulos, Antonis Bravos, Paul Papadeas and Pamela Leake) was one of the best groups of the psychedelic period in Greece (1970-73).
Leader of the group was Dorian Kokas.
All members were greeks, except Pamela, who fled England, after she finished school and traveled  to Greece, but then, she never went back

Friday, 14 September 2012

Mikis Theodorakis- "Don't Cry for Greece". Paris, 1973 and Athens 1974



Mikis Theodorakis singing "Don't cry for Greece" (Την Ρωμιοσύνη μην την κλαις. Music by Mikis Theodorakis, Poetry by Yiannis Ritsos). Theater Olympia, Paris, 1973.

Other Photographs: The crew- Afrodite Manou, Achileas Kostoulis, Petros Pandis and Maria Farantouri) . All photos by Simos Tsapnidis, 1973.

 Don't cry for romiosyne
There where it goes to bend down
With a knife in the bone
With a belt on the neck
Look, it jumps up from the start
And grows stronger and furious
And hits the beast
With a harpoon of the sun.

Minos Argyrakis, was also in the crew of Mikis, "illustrating" the songs, with his art work.
 Minos, made 8 sketches, the inspiration was the the songs of Mikis and the poems of Yiannis Ritsos  "18 Λιανοτράγουδα της πικρής Πατρίδας".




18 lianotragouda tis pikris patridas (18 Short Songs of the Bitter Land, Yiannis Ritsos) is one of the main works, that Mikis wrote in exile.

A memorable live perfomance of "Don't Cry for Greece", captured on film, Songs Of the Fire, directed by Nikos Koundouros, in July 1974,when Mikis returned to Greece-see video. .





Thursday, 13 September 2012

Oslo, 1960.


Photographs by Simos Tsapnidis, 1960




Protests against the Vietnam War. London, 1967.


Protests against the Vietnam War.
Trafalgar Square. 
Photographs by Simos Tsapnidis, May of 1967 





Nikolas Asimos. Athens, 1983





 Nikolas Asimos (Νικόλας Άσιμος) (1949-1988) and crew at Kosmopolitan (summer theater), Athens, Greece. Asimos (the man with the white shirt) was the leader of the art group KROK, that flourished in Athens between 1976 and 1988.
 Krok primarily involved music, theater, visual arts, and poetry.
 The man with the cane, is Litis (Λήτης), a punk-rock  singer. Man with the guitar is Tolis Voultzatis, and the girl is Litsa Perraki).
A sound document of Asimos's live performance, is  Romios (The Greek), a song born out of Asimos's negative reaction to the horrors of some "greeks" (video at the bottom of the post) . 


Photographs by Manolis Daloukas, 1983











    Romios (Ο Ρωμιός)
    Live at summer theater Kosmopolitan, 1983.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Young Socialists. London. 1967.




 Photographs by Simos Tsapnidis. 1967

The Mermaid Cafe. Matala, Crete. 1970

This is the original Mermaid Cafe, a small restaurant and cafe, at Matala, Crete.

The sign of Mermaid (top picture) was a painting on the wall, made by Penelope, the sister of the owner, Stelios.