Little Money Street
In Search of Gypsies and Their Music in the South of FranceeBook - 2008
In 1998, Eberstadt and her family moved from New York to Perpignan, France, a city with one of the largest Gypsy populations in Western Europe. Always fascinated with Gypsy music, Eberstadt became obsessed with a local band called Tekameli, perhaps the greatest Gypsy band between Barcelona and Budapest. After eighteen futile months, she was at last invited into the home of Tekameli's lead singer, Moïse Espinas. Here she found a jealously guarded culture--a society made, in part, of lawlessness and defiance of non-Gypsy norms--that nonetheless made room for her, "a privileged American in a Mediterranean underworld." As her relationship with the Espinas family changed over the years from mutual bafflement to friendship, Eberstadt found herself a part of Gypsy life, moving about in a large group--at cockfights, in storefront churches, at malls, in homes, and at rehearsals, discovering lives lived "between biblical laws and strip-mall consumerism."--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Departures, 2008, c2007.
Edition: 1st Vintage Departures ed.