Chris King – Lament from Epirus / Catalog Sale

Our friend Christopher C. King, Grammy-winner, musicologist, and prominent 78 RPM record-collector, has produced 12 reissues for Tompkins Square, as well as the Charley Patton box set, ‘Screamin’ and Hollerin’ The Blues’ (Revenant) and the voluminous Paramount box sets (Third Man).

Now, Chris has written Lament From Epirus : An Odyssey Into Europe’s Oldest Surviving Folk Music (Norton).


“Anyone interested in the power of music―spiritually, culturally, historically, or politically―will find this odyssey to be transformative. By way of an anthropological detective story, Christopher King deftly reveals details and echoing connections I personally never even imagined. Fascinating.”
- Jim Jarmusch

Lament from Epirus is an unforgettable journey into a musical obsession, which traces a unique genre back to the roots of song itself. King discovers clues to his most profound questions about the function of music in the history of humanity: What is the relationship between music and language? Why do we organize sound as music? Is music superfluous, a mere form of entertainment, or could it be a tool for survival? King’s journey becomes an investigation into song and dance’s role as a means of spiritual healing―and what that may reveal about music’s evolutionary origins.

In honor of Chris’ new book, the following Chris King productions on Tompkins Square are on sale. Buying is EASY. Simply add up your order and PayPal using this LINK. Shipping is FREE in the US. For x-US, please email us for shipping costs. Be sure to include your address and which format you are ordering (CD/LP) for each title. Thanks.

Imaginational Anthem vol 6 : The Roots of American Primitive Guitar (CD $7 / LP $10)

Charlie Poole : The Complete Paramount & Brunswick Recordings, 1929 (CD $7 / LP $10)

Lena Hughes : Queen of the Flat-Top Guitar (CD $7 / LP $10)

Arizona Dranes : He Is My Story : The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes (book + CD – $10)

Aimer et Perdre: To Love & To Lose Songs, 1917 – 1934 (Crumb art) (2CD set, $10)

Bloody War : Songs, 1929-1934 (CD $7)

Red Fox Chasers : Complete Recordings (2CD set, $10)

People Take Warning : Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 (3CD set, $10)