Music Still a Touchy Subject in Afghanistan

When Taliban thuggery rolled over Afghanistan, one of the first things that was outlawed was music.  CDs were smashed, tapes unspooled from cassettes and anyone heard singing or making music was subjected to terrible punishments.

Now, though, things are getting better.  Music can be heard in the streets.  The first rock festival in decades was held at a secret location in Kabul this past summer.  People are no longer afraid to sing. Mostly.

NPR has this story on how music is still a sensitive issue in Afghanistan.  Give it a read.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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