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Iran and the Mournful Pop Narcotic

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

The music of Iran has never made much of an impact on the West. It certainly doesn't lack a vibrant classical tradition, as albums by Hossein Alizadeh, Kayhan Kalhor and Mohammed Reza Shajarian will attest, and with Azerbaijanis, Bahtiari, Baluchi, and Kurds each contributing their own styles of folk music. But unlike that of India, Africa and the Arab world, the appeal of Persian music appears to have eluded us. For when it comes to… more »