Scott Peterson of The Christian Science Monitor reports that in East and West, the language of rock ‘n’ roll is one of rebellion and pushing the limits. And in the Islamic Republic of Iran, musicians like guitarist Nurick Misikian and bassist Babak Riahipour are creating a parallel reality that could not be further removed from Friday prayers and routine calls for revolutionary sacrifice and waging war against the West. Could there be life without their music? “No way,” says Misikian, a veteran of more than two decades at the guitar, shaking his head. “We’d be dead,” concurs Mr. Riahipour matter-of-factly. Read more.
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