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Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star

Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution
Salman Ahmad with Robert Schroeder
Free Press
Publish date: 2010-01-01
$24.99
1416597670
Hardcover

Review:

Ahmad was born and raised a Sufi Muslim in Lahore, Pakistan, in a privileged family, by parents of differing ethnicity, Pashtun and Punjabi. He was entranced by the Bollywood singing stars as well as the qawallis who who sing the ecstatic poetry of Rumi and other Sufi poets. Then his father was transferred for six years to New York, where he spent his high school days steeped in American culture and music, and learned to play rock guitar. Returning to his beloved Lahore, which he remembered as rich in music, poetry, and the arts, he found a city strangled by a fundamentalist dictatorship enforcing an Islam that he didn't recognize. He began an underground network of young musicians that eventually led him to stardom as Pakistan's most popular band, despite all attempts to suppress western-influenced music. Finally, he formed the band Junoon (passion) which blends the traditional music and instruments of Pakistan with those of western rock. With a world-wide following of "Junoonis" they've become known as the "U-2 of Asia", crossing boundaries, borders, and genres to promote peace and tolerance.

His remarkable story reveals what it's like to live under repression while refusing to accept the ultra-nationalist and ultra-conservative agenda of those in power. He identifies himself as "100 percent Muslim", though it's a form of worship--ecstatic, tolerant, all-embracing--that is seldom represented in the western media.

   
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