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Mass MediationsNew Approaches to Popular Culture in the Middle East and Beyond$
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Walter Armbrust

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219250

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219250.001.0001

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The 6/8 Beat Goes On

The 6/8 Beat Goes On

Persian Popular Music from Bazm-e Qajariyyeh to Beverly Hills Garden Parties

(p.61) Three The 6/8 Beat Goes On
Mass Mediations
Walter Armbrust
University of California Press

This chapter studies popular music in the Iranian community of Los Angeles. It describes the community as an “exile community,” where the members cannot regularly move back and forth between their home country and the United States. The chapter notes that entire genres of Iranian popular music essentially moved offshore after the Islamic Revolution, and that the market for this type of music is the Iranian-American immigrant community, as well as Iran itself. The most successful music genres in Los Angeles are the traditional vernacular genres, “classical” music, and modernized variants of Iranian music. The chapter also determines that the decisive factor in this autonomous Iranian production in the United States is the considerable sense of isolation the Iranian community feels due to the political reality of the Islamic Revolution.

Keywords:   popular music, Iranian community, exile community, Islamic Revolution, immigrant community, successful music genres, modernized variants, Iranian music, isolation, political reality

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