The Language of Rock: Iranian Youth, Popular Music, and National Identity. In: M. Semati (Ed.), Media, culture and society in Iran

The Language of Rock: Iranian Youth, Popular Music, and National Identity. In:
M. Semati (Ed.), Media, culture and society in Iran by Laudan Nooshin

There’s a little spot
In the heart of space
It’s a lovely planet
Shining in its place
On its holy face
We are living together,
Don’t need the borders
We are all one.
Forever …. we are all one …
Forever
So begins the song “Kabootarhā-ye Sepid” (“White Pigeons”)1 from the 2004 album
Ta Binahāyat (“Till Eternity”) by Arian, arguably the most successful Iranian pop
band in recent years. What makes this song so interesting is not just that it is the only
example of a high-profile pop band in Iran singing in English, but that the song
explicitly forefronts a kind of universalising discourse which has become increasingly
prevalent among the grassroots rock music which forms the main focus of this
chapter…

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