( Ein kleiner, von mir auf deutsch geschriebener Text über Kourosh Yaghmaie und iranische Rock-Musik, erschien am 2. Juli 2009 in der Wochenzeitung Jungle World. Im Internet zu lesen ist er hier. )
Now that the Western journalists have successfully been silenced or had to leave the country ( at least German television seems to be completely ignorant of the wave of repression that is happening in Iran right now) the Islamist fascists can finally crack down on the protesters. And they do with the most vicious brutality. It´s heartbreaking. Like this video that reports of mass beatings and killings happening June 24, 2009:
The brave people of Iran have shown that the resistance to the Islamic dictatorship is widespread and that they have had enough. Whatever will become of the situation in Iran, the powers that be, will not be able to turn back the wheel of time. No dictatorship has ever been able to do that. They can rule with fear and scare everyone to death. Just like Hitler did. But they will inevitably be brought down. The crack in the system is there. It´s only a matter of time now until it gets bigger and bigger and it will break…
There is so much that Iran could give to the world if the people would be free. It´s a big country of 70 million and the majority are young and restless. They want freedom. As a reminder that Iran used to have a great history of Pop music that was mixing Western and Iranian traditional influences, here is the most famous Iranian Rock song. Of course there is Rock and Pop music in Iran today but as usual I´ll stick to vinyl records on this site. These were lend to me by my friend Minou who got them from her father. Incidentally she is visiting her family in Los Angeles right now. Thank you Minou! Thank you Mousa!
How fitting that these records are in such poor condition. I don´t have any professional clean-up program yet to get rid of all the disturbing surface noise. Just don´t give up too early. There are some beautiful tunes that lay beneath that. They mostly start out real bad but it gets better towards the middle. Enough with the metaphors, on to the music…
Kourosh Yaghmaei was Iran’ s most well known Rock musician before the Islamic Revolution brought the country to a halt in 1979 and all Pop and Rock music was banned. He was silenced and forbidden to perform and record for 17 years. He started playing in the 60´s in the Iranian Beat group the Raptures and then went solo with this his first record.
Gole Yakh is a sad, slow Rock song with a nice piano and a great guitar solo. It´s got a beautiful, haunting melody. The b-side Del Dareh Pir Mishe is a mid-tempo song with great fuzz guitar and organ. Wonderful!
KOUROSH YAGHMAEI, Gole Yakh (Ice Flower), 1974
KOUROSH YAGHMAEI, Del Dareh Pir Mishe (The Heart Is Getting Old), 1974
Fikret just supplied a much better sounding file for Gole Yakh. If you like the song you´ll find the link in his comment below.