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Echoes from DharamsalaMusic in the Life of a Tibetan Refugee Community$
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Keila Diehl

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230439

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230439.001.0001

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The Nail That Sticks Up Gets Hammered Down

The Nail That Sticks Up Gets Hammered Down

Making Modern Tibetan Music

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Echoes from Dharamsala

Keila Diehl

University of California Press

This chapter describes how “modern Tibetan music”, a new rock-influenced genre that has developed over the past ten years, fits into Dharamsala's soundscape. It explains that modern Tibetan music is largely a story about the social and artistic challenges young Tibetan refugee musicians face in their efforts to convince their community-in-exile that there is room for a new kind of music alongside cultural preservation. It highlights the role of songwriter/guitarist Tsering Paljor Phupatsang in the development of this genre and discusses the experiences of a rock group called the Yak Band, which Paljor eventually joined in Dharamsala.

Keywords:   modern Tibetan music, rock-influenced genre, Dharamsala's soundscape, Tibetan refugee musicians, Tsering Paljor Phupatsang, Yak Band

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