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Iran: How they rocked in Tehran before the revolution

22 August 2011

“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 …

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Googoosh: Iran’s Daughter

14 December 2004

The film by Farhad Zamani tells the story of Googoosh – Iran’s pop diva, who is still banned from performing in her homeland. Googoosh was Iran’s most famous and beloved pop diva, until she was silenced following the 1979 Islamic revolution when female singers were labeled “temptresses” and forbidden to release …

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Iran: Women & music censorship

20 January 2004

Background material on music and censorship in Iran “Under wraps on the stage: women in the performing arts in post-revolutionary Iran” (1998) Since the 1979 Revolution in Iran, women have been key contributors to contemporary Iranian cinema, and to a lesser extent theatre and music. Contrary to the Western belief …

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Popular Iranian singer Googoosh kept out of the US

10 February 2002

It was going to be another chance for fans to see the legendary Iranian singer named Googoosh, but the U.S.-led war on terrorism has had unintended consequences on Tehran’s most popular artists, who are finding it almost impossible to practice their craft in the United States. Googoosh was scheduled to …

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1970-1989 Middle East, North Africa

1 January 2001

1978 til 2011. Libya. Various artists The 1970s saw two urban trends emerge in Libya, as well as the emergence of the country’s first modern female signers. All this diversity pretty much ended in the late 1970s. Gaddafi’s aggressive ideological dictates began to infiltrate all cultural production in Libya. The …

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