8 Jun 2013

Access All Areas: Stand Up, People

From Access All Areas, 3:00 pm on 8 June 2013

stand up people album coverStand Up, People - Gypsy pop songs from Tito's Yugoslavia 1964-1980 is a new album that has been two years in the making. Brits Philip Knox and Nathaniel Morris travelled the length and breadth of Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Macedonia in search of old 7" singles. It was no joy-ride.

Along the way they met Esma Redzepova, self-proclaimed 'Queen of the Gypsies', learned to speak bad Romani, crashed a gypsy wedding, and battled bureaucracy and blizzards to get to a stash of virgin vinyl in the basement of the National Library of Serbia.

Trevor Reekie speaks with album curator Nathaniel Morris, about the story behind 'Stand Up People 'and his passion for this forgotten music.