LeVine Focus Questions...WEEK 12

LeVine Focus Questions...WEEK 12 - their opinions and...

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Ethan Rosenblum MUET200-0112 Boden Sandstrom Elizabeth Goldman November 23, 2009 UNIT IV: RESISTANCE AND POLITICS Popular Music and Politics in Iran LeVine, “Iran: 'Like a Flower Growing in the Middle of the Desert.'” Focus Questions: 1. Explain the importance of Ershad (Culture Ministry) to Iranian society. What is its impact on Iranian musicians? Ershad is an Arabic name which means universal guidance. Ershad plays a large role on the Iranian musicians because they believe Ershad is their calling and inspiration to perform. 2. What is the role of technology and media in Iranian popular music? Technology and media play a large role on popular music in Iran. It may seem ironic but they halt the growth of popular music. The reason for this is that the government does not want any specific individuals to become to popular. 3. What is the paradox that the author describes among Iranian youth, a “community of life,” and heavy metal? The author says that Iranian heavy metal is the youth’s way of speaking out and voicing
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Unformatted text preview: their opinions and dislikes about the world and their community. This is ironic because a community has formed through people who dont even like the community they are in. 4. How do artists such as Salome, Peyman, O-Hum, and Mohsen Namjoo express or negotiate their distinct Iranian identity in their music? Artists such as Salome, Peyman, O-Hum and Mohsen Namjoo express their Iranian identity by speaking Arabic and their other native language. By talking about Iran and referring to Iran through music these msucians express their national identity. 5. What is the cultural tug-of-war that the author describes? The cultural tug-of-war that the author describes has to do with the cultures in Iran that do not accept music and cultures in Iran that do. One wants music to be a main aspect of society while the other one does not....
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