Chapter

The Nail That Sticks Up Gets Hammered Down

Keila Diehl

in Echoes from Dharamsala

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230439
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230439.003.0006
The Nail That Sticks Up Gets Hammered Down

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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

Chapter.  13249 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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