Iran's forbidden music scene by Travis Beard

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Indie rock band: Yellow Dogs have only been playing together for 2 years, but already they have interest from producers and record companies outside Iran. Since the revolution of 1978, Iran has been living under strict Islamic rule. One law that has been enforced on iranian is banning the preformance of western music in public. Jazz, rock, hip hop, heavy metal and more have been deemed forbidden by the government. Despite threats od imprisonment, whipping and other punisments, Tehran youth defy the ban and continue to create music in underground studios. Some who are good enough are signed up by record companies overseas and eventually leave Iran for more prosperous oppportunities in the West. But some are ademant about staying in Iran and trying to build a music scene under the increasingly difficult condtions.