Iran's forbidden music scene by Travis Beard

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Pop music is sometimes accecpted byt he government and given permission to preform live. Pop gets permission because the artists re-word the lyrics to make them acceptable for givernment standards. 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.