We'll play till we die : journeys across a decade of revolutionary music in the Muslim world /

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LeVine, Mark,


University of California Press,, Oakland, California, United States, p.xxxv, 309 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01071460, Aspect social, fast, Islamic countries., Middle East., Musique populaire, Pays musulmans., Popular music, Social aspects, Social aspects.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Author's note : revolutionary auras and phantasms -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction : from uprisings to plagues -- Morocco : finding harmonies in a land of dissidence -- Yalla, let's play! : Egypt from the pharaoh to the general -- Palestine/Israel : hard music in an orphaned land -- Lebanon : remixed but never remastered -- Iran : living in the upside down and inside out -- Pakistan : shredding the funk from the valleys to the sea -- By way of an epilogue : the joys of resistance."We'll Play till We Die dives into the revolutionary music cultures of the Middle East and larger Muslim world before, during, and beyond the waves of resistance that shook the region from Morocco to Pakistan. This sequel to Mark LeVine's celebrated Heavy Metal Islam shows how some of the world's most extreme music not only helped inspire and define region-wide protests, but also exemplifies the beauty and diversity of youth cultures throughout the Muslim world. Two years after Heavy Metal Islam was published in 2008, uprisings and revolutions spread like wildfire. The young people organizing and protesting on the streets--in dozens of cities from Casablanca to Karachi--included the very musicians and fans LeVine spotlighted in that book. We'll Play till We Die revisits the groundbreaking stories he originally explored, sharing what has happened to these musicians, their music, their politics, and their societies since then. The book covers a stunning array of developments, not just in metal and hip hop scenes, but with emo in Baghdad, mahraganat in Egypt, techno in Beirut, and more. LeVine also reveals how artists have used global platforms like YouTube and SoundCloud to achieve unprecedented circulation of their music outside corporate or government control. The first collective ethnography and biography of the post-2010 generation, We'll Play till We Die explains and amplifies the radical possibilities of music as a revolutionary force for change"--