Tagged: music

Rapping to the death throes of Iran’s Islamic republic

When a regime is too inflexible to cope with the cultural rebellion of the young people under its domination, the system cannot be expected to survive for long. In a youthful country like Iran, we are seeing signs that the dictatorship of the Islamic Republic is on its last legs. Especially because this youthful cultural rebellion, thanks to the Internet,...

Videos about Iran’s rock underground

From Persian Cats to Yellow Dogs from Jehangir Irani on Vimeo. Yesterday’s post led me to look around for some good videos about Iran’s rock underground, and some research about the Yellow Dogs led to these excellent segments. The first one, above, is a look at Iran’s young people and how they express themselves through music – with help from...

The musical threat to Iran’s regime

How can we take down Iran’s soon-to-be-nuclear-armed regime without firing a shot? There are a number of ways, but the Islamic Republic has been openly betraying its greatest fears: music. Not just the rock, punk, rap and hip-hop cultures that the regime is trying to repress, but all music. Eric Felten writes about it in the Wall Street Journal. In...

Cultural battlespace: Muslim rockers resist extremism

by J Michael Waller, Serviam, January-February 2008 Serviam Al Qaeda has identified one type of enemy that it can’t fight against: Muslim rock stars. U.S. intelligence discovered evidence that the terrorist group had considered murdering top Egyptian performing artists for being “infidels” but decided against it for fear of creating a youth grassroots backlash from Arabs. That decision not to...