Iran: How they rocked in Tehran before the revolution

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Iran:
How they rocked in Tehran before the revolution

“The sun is not going to stay behind the clouds forever,” said Kaveh, a musician in Vancouver, Canada, who is the son of an Iranian guitar hero of the 1970’s, Kourosh, in an interview with Los Angeles Times.

In her article about music in Iran before the revolution, Jessica Hundley wrote about the recent launch of two Iranian compilation albums: ‘Back From the Brink: Pre-Revolution Psychedelic Rock From Iran: 1973-1979’, and ‘Googoosh’, which contains a compilation of songs by the famous, exiled Iranian pop star Googoosh.

After the revolution Googoosh stayed in Iran and did not perform again until 2000, when she moved Los Angeles.

65-year-old Kourosh remains in Tehran where he works within the confines of governmental restrictions, Jessica Hundley reported. She also interviewed the Iranian expat Dario Margeli who runs Irannostalgia.com, a website devoted to Iranian pop culture.


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“Though a vital rock ‘n’ roll and artistic underground exists in today’s Tehran, there are still heavy prices to pay for shredding on a Stratocaster. An artist can be arrested for performing music not in line with traditional Persian song structure, and women are no longer allowed to sing alone…”

“When Khomeini took power in Iran in 1979 he prohibited pop music altogether. This is less harsh now, as they have allowed men to sing, but it has been a complete catastrophe for the Persians in general, and permanent damage has been done…”
Dario Margeli, Iranian expat who runs Irannostalgia.com

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Los Angeles Times – 21 August 2011:

‘How they rocked in Iran before the revolution’

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