Rock in a Hard Place: Music and Mayhem in the Middle East

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From Tehran to Riyadh, Cairo to Nazareth, thisis the story of how a new generation of rockers and rappers are trying to change
the Middle East.
Preface

Introduction

1. Saudi Arabia

2. Egypt

3. Iran

4. Israel and Palestine

5. Lebanon

Epilogue
A muggy night in Abu Dhabi, 2011. Under the stadium lights a 30,000-strong sea of Libyans, Palestinians, Syrians and Egyptians wait in anticipation. Alongside them are Saudis, Iranians and Israelis. Defiance and excitement course through the crowd like electricity. Standing together, they are waiting for Metallica's first ever show in the Middle East. Many have faced untold violence, but for tonight, nothing else matters...

This is the untold story of that crowd. Of the young men and women and the music they make in the backrooms of shabby houses in al-Zarqa and al-Qatif, Nazareth and Cairo. Of illegal shows in Tehran and Riyadh. Of songs that ousted a dictator in Cairo. Of exiles that have ended in glory, in isolation, and in blood.

Journalist and lifelong heavy metal fan, Orlando Crowcroft, spent six years penetrating the rock and metal scene in the Middle East. Rock in a Hard Place is a different voice, one that is at odds with the Middle East of violence, extremism, war and ISIS: a voice recognizable to anyone who has ever turned up a speaker or an amp to drown out the din of the everyday, and a voice that may help unite us when we need it most.
Autor: Orlando Crowcroft
Orlando Crowcroft is a journalist and life-long heavy metal fan and has interviewed bands throughout the Middle East for Rolling Stone , Atlantic and Esquire . He is the co-author of the Lonely Planet Guide to Israel and the Palestinian Territories (2015) and has reported from a dozen countries including Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. In 2014, he reported from Israel, the West Bank and Gaza for The Guardian and The National .

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Autor: Orlando Crowcroft
ISBN-13 :: 9781786990167
ISBN: 1786990164
Erscheinungsjahr: 15.06.2017
Verlag: ZED BOOKS LTD
Gewicht: 454g
Seiten: 256
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Buch, 206x130x25 mm
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