Report from Iran: Banned Music Finds a Voice

Most popular music is verboten in Iran.  No rock, no rap and any Western-style pop.  Women are forbidden from singing in public and all music must first be approved by the government before it can be published and released.

The BBC has this report on Iranian musicians who have exiled themselves so they can make the kind of music they need to make.  Click on the image to get started.

Iranian rock

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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