The presence of heroes is not enough. Some need to record their action. Even if today, supposedly things in Greek alternative scene are set in a “business basis”, the main components that creators need is madness and morbid love for what they do, imagine how much dosage of these two must have someone to monitor, record, and study the events of the greek alternative music scene and classify releases. Marios Aslamas and Dimitris Karathanos found the person they were looking at the works and days of Dinos Dimatatis.
Get that beat, DINOS DIMATATIS
“Occasionally a company of friends appears with the quality of intelligence, a mixture of talent, creativity and stubbornness. Then Cinderella wears her shoes and goes running into oncoming traffic, hits violently on the door of the party and takes her place on stage to sing what she can’t hold inside her anymore. “
The Greek independent scene is a Cinderella who works quietly with the lights dimmed, away from the party of the neo-folk lifestyle. Very faithful to her task, to compromise with the music industry, too internal to touch the masses, writes her lyrics in torn schoolbooks and spends her energy in amateur studios. Her fans are hard-core-usually childhood friends or neighbors; and share hand in hand bad written tape that at some point will be re-written with the last hit of Angela Dimitriou.
Occasionally a company of friends appears with the quality of intelligence, a mixture of talent, creativity and stubbornness. Then Cinderella wears her shoes and goes running into oncoming traffic, hits violently on the door of the party and takes her place on stage to sing what she can’t hold inside her anymore. At the time she takes various names: she may be called «Last Drive» and afterwards she leaves the guitar to go to the decks, next to the «Delay Exhibition».
In the spring of 1992 the book “25 years of Greek rock” of Dinos Dimatatis is making its appearance in bookstores (published by New Frontiers – Livanis). It is the first attempt to approach and study the scene in the three decades of her life. This book will lead the way for non-existent until then – literature in this area. Five years later the same writer will release the first book about Pavlos Sidiropoulos and in 1998 the first volume of «Get that beat – Greek rock ’60s and ’70s,” a detailed record of those two decades. A few days ago he released his second volume with bands from the ’80s until today.
For some the book of Dinos Dimatatis is the first serious scholarly effort to record the Greek musical map. For others it may be an exciting musical tale, which describes the elliptical path of the domestic alternative scene for two decades. No matter how you look at it, this is a very essential reading, with Dinos Dimatatis rightfully been appointed as the official historian of the Greek music scene.
Somewhere near you a rock star is waiting to be born. If you know him, send his demo to Dinos Dimatatis.
The Greek John Peel will give him the glory which the wicked deprived him from. The lawyer Dinos Dimatatis, naturalist of the Greek rock, says: “It’s a tedious job. Similar studies are done abroad by a group of people. I pick up the material myself, aided by musicians and people from the music field. Every time I finish a book, I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It’s like if someone is doing ten times his master’s degree at the university. ”
JOURNAL EPILOGES, MACEDONIA, 2002