Musicians respond to the crisis
Mark Levine, The Huffington Post – 18 June 2009 (updated continously):
‘Blog Posts From Iran’s Metal and Hip Hop Artists: Is Music the Weapon of the Future in Iran?’
Mark Levine’s Heavy Metal Islam book website:
– with information about Iranian metal and hip hop artists, including links to their videos and music from the forthcoming EMI compilation album ‘Flowers in the Desert’
|Chapter abouit Iran in the book ‘Heavy Metal Islam’
‘Chapter 5: Iran’
Tehran Avenue – online arts magazine:
– an arts perspective on the situation in Iran. The online magazine covering the arts scene in Tehran, and which has sponsored several online “battle of the bands” featuring some of the best heavy metal groups in the country, has extensive coverage of the protests, including videos.
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39 pages about Heavy Metal in Iran
|Fighting back against censorship
One young man fighting back against censorship is a rapper called ‘Nobody’ and his music, although American in origin, is very much Iranian in content.
‘Nobody’ raps about God and nationalism along with social commentary. He has even written a rap in defense of Iran’s right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
The authorities regard ‘Nobody’s’ music as western and decadent and he is banned from performing and forbidden to travel. Yet his music and his messages are performed at night on rooftops in the city and downloaded by young Iranians in defiance of the ban.
BBC News – 8 June 2009:
‘Iran: Rap, blogs and the political mix’
|More about music and censorship in Iran
Religion Dispatches – 9 July 2009:
‘Rage Against the Regime: Voices from the Iranian Underground Music Scene’
Songlines Magazine – 30 July 2009:
‘Iranian protest music’
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|Singapore upholds Janet Jackson ban
Officials in Singapore have thrown out an appeal against a ban on Janet Jackson’s album, ‘All For You’. The Publications Appeal Committee, a panel of academics and professionals, decided that the lyrics of the album, particularly one song, Would You Mind, were “not acceptable to our society”. The record was initially outlawed because of its “sexually explicit lyrics”. The song lyrics include “I just wanna touch you, tease you, lick you, please you, love you, make love to you.”
Story from BBC