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Policy, Research & Politics

A rebel against rules: Iran arrests popular underground singer

Iran's morality police have arrested a popular underground singer dubbed Amir Tataloo whose songs the Islamic republic deems to be inappropriate.

Middle East Online

Another step to breaking taboos: Rouhani tweets music video

Video retweeted on Rouhani's unofficial Twitter account shows Iranian President along with traditional musical instruments.

Middle East Online

Music ban beaten by desert blues

A guitarist fleeing from a civil war is determined to keep playing, despite restrictions in his country.


Elton John interrupts Russia gig to voice concerns over anti-gay law

'Rocket Man' singer says he was 'sad to learn' of the law banning 'propaganda of homosexuality'.

The Guardian

Sexually explicit music videos 'should have ratings system'

Campaign demands cinema-style restrictions on graphic material aimed at teenage girls.

The Guardian


Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan didn't invent the protest song

We all know what a protest song is. It's an angry man with a guitar. It's Bob Dylan and Blowin' in the Wind. It's Woody Guthrie singing This Land is Your Land.

The Telegraph

Café Society: the groundbreaking club that time forgot

Café Society was the first non-segregated club in the US, yet its pioneering impact has not been recognised. Ivan Hewett reports on an attempt to revive its spirit.

The Telegraph

Music united, strengthened South Africans during apartheid

Music professor Carolyn Burns became familiar with Nelson Mandela through the music that shaped him.

Great Falls Tribune

Breaking the Wagner ban in Israel

How the Principal Conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra hopes to perform 'forbidden' Wagner operas.


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