Soundtrack of the Post-Revolution
Music as Politics in Iran
Nahid Siamdoust will talk about her forthcoming book, which follows the work of four musicians – a giant of Persian classical music, a rebel rock and roller, an underground rapper, and a government supported pop-star – each with markedly different political views and relations with the state. Her research demonstrates how these musicians each devise strategies for conveying their politically and socially critical messages to their audiences while retaining their authenticity in the face of restrictions. Each chapter studies in greater depth a specific time period so that, taken together, “Soundtrack of the Post-Revolution” offers a chronological overview of music as an alternative public sphere in the Islamic Republic.