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Why Is Pink Floyd so Big in Iran?

9/10/2010 8:57:58 AM

Tags: music, Hypernova, Iran, bands, Arts, Bidoun, Elizabeth Ryan

bidoun-coverBidoun has a great interview with band members of Hypernova in their latest issue. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? The four rockers from Iran talked about the music scene in Tehran, what it was like to discover other bands in their country, and coming to the United States. Here’s a great snippet where Raam explains his theory about popular musical artists in Iran:

Raam: I remember my first cassette was a Queen tape. A lot of Pink Floyd, obviously. I was a huge fan, and I still am.

Negar Azimi: Why is Pink Floyd so big in Iran?

Raam: Pink Floyd is so big. And Dire Straits, they’re huge in Iran.

Negar Azimi: Dire Staits?

Raam: I have this stupid theory that someone came to Iran in, like 1985, with a box full of cassette tapes. And that tape collection was all we had until satellite TV came. I think it’s as simple as that. Then the internet came along, and suddenly we were up to date with the rest of the world.

Source: Bidoun (article not available online)

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11/1/2010 6:38:08 PM
Why Is Pink Floyd so Big in Iran? Because they are not ignorant and bigoted Americans towards a different Iranian culture because of some invented Amerikan foreign policy where the Amerikan people must be afraid of any culture that doesn't think like an Amerikan. Obviously most artists transcend this ignorance and bias because music is universal and links our humanity and nations.

Max Tony
9/17/2010 7:26:16 AM

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