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free iran!
one of the greatest vocal performances from one of disco's greatest voices. it's a barry manilow song. if you look in the youtube comments section you'll see a curious entry:

"This is a classic disco song from the fabulous 70's. Happy memories...then came the revolution....sad memories....exile. greetings from the USA. Free Iran!"


the most popular native singer in iran before the revolution was googosh. she acted in films and recorded in a myriad of languages. she opted to stay and was forbidden from performing. her meaning to the iranian diaspora is roughly akin to the meaning of edith piaf to france. she's referred to as ' our googoosh'. there is a very good dvd about her life well worth seeing for it's insight into iran as well as exposing this extraordinary woman to the west called" googoosh: iran's daughter.". she lives in canada now and is again releasing material and performing.

a beautiful woman, a lovely voice and symbol of what islam does to a people and a culture- far worse than any western decadence imaginable. in a sense she's ' our' googoosh too especially when we tolerate intolerance while lending support and entitlements to religiously sanctioned hatred and misogyny.

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This reminds me, have you seen Persepolis yet? I was unsure about it from what I read, but then it has become one of my favorite recent movies.

ohhh now i must see this. i am so out of touch for movies.and it's in french- i need refreshing for sure.

googoosh was out of iran when the revolution occurred. she chose to go back.i think she had a young child at the time. she's married to an iranian film maker. googoosh's son left before she did. just how western iranian culture was seems lost to people now. the shah is the one who introduced the female vote .

all her music was/is banned.

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