The 6/8 Beat Goes On

Edited by Walter Armbrust

in Mass Mediations

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219250
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923096 | DOI:
The 6/8 Beat Goes On

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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

Chapter.  12479 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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