Kourosh Yaghmaei Back From the Brink: Pre-Revolution

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Kourosh Yaghmaei is a pre-revolution Iranian musician who was exiled from his homeland during the Islamic Revolution. He has since made a comeback with his album “Back From the Brink.”

Kourosh Yaghmaei’s life before the Iranian Revolution

Kourosh Yaghmaei was born in 1951 in Tehran, Iran. He was a successful musician in the 1970s, with several hit songs. He lived a luxurious lifestyle, with a mansion and a swimming pool. However, everything changed when the Iranian Revolution happened in 1979.

His music

Kourosh Yaghmaei is an Iranian singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was popular in Iran during the 1970s. He released several albums of psychedelic and progressive rock before the Iranian Revolution in 1979. After the Revolution, his music was banned and he was forced into exile. He has continued to release music, and his work has been re-discovered by a new generation of Iranian fans.

His family

Kourosh Yaghmaei was born in 1951 in Tehran, Iran, into a musical family. His father, Parviz Yaghmaei, was a well-known Iranian composer and singer. His mother, ForoughFarrokhzad, was a famous Iranian poet. Kourosh has two brothers: Massoud Yaghmaei, who is also a musician, and Amir Massoud Yaghmaei, who is a photographer. Kourosh’s sister, ShadiYaghmaei, is a painter.

The Iranian Revolution

Kourosh Yaghmaei was one of the most famous musicians in Iran during the 1970s. He was exiled during the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and his music was banned. Kourosh Yaghmaei has now returned to Iran and is once again making music.

What led up to it

The Iranian Revolution was a series of events that involved the overthrow of the monarch of Iran, Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, and replacing his government with an Islamist theocracy headed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The movement against the Shah began in January 1978 with a series of strikes and demonstrations, which were followed by a campaign of civil resistance that included both violent and non-violent methods. The revolution culminated in February 1979, when the Shah fled Iran. Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile and became its new leader.

The revolution was precipitated by a number of factors, including the corruption and authoritarianism of the Shah’s regime, the weakness of the Iranian economy, and the increasing unpopularity of the Shah’s government

The Revolution itself

The Iranian Revolution (Persian: انقلاب ایران‎, romanized: Enqelāb-e Iran;[2][3] also known as the Islamic Revolution[4] or the 1979 Revolution[5][6]) was a series of protests and political events that culminated in the victory of the revolution on 11 February 1979,[7] when the monarchy under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was overthrown and replaced with an Islamic republic led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a leader of one of the opposition groups to the Shah’s regime.

The revolution was supported by various Islamist and leftist organizations, and marked a turning point in both Middle Eastern and world history.[8][9][10] It ended 2,500 years of continuous Persian monarchy since Cyrus the Great (550–530 BCE), and is widely regarded as marking end of an era in which Coca Cola/Pepsi,[11][12] McDonald’s/Kentucky Fried Chicken, Levi’s jeans/Lee Cooper jeans,[13] and Breton shirts/Countess Mara ties were symbols of Western consumer culture targeting youth throughout much of Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Iran subsequently became an Islamic Republic on 1 April 1979[14]when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was voted into office as Iran’s Supreme Leader—a position created after the constitutional referendum approved by 97% of voters.[15][16][17]

Kourosh Yaghmaei after the Revolution

Kourosh Yaghmaei was an Iranian pop singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was one of the first and most successful Iranian pop musicians. In the early 1970s, he releases his first album, which is a mix of Western and Iranian influences. After the Iranian Revolution, he is forced to leave Iran and move to the United States.

His music

Even though he spent much of his time in exile, Kourosh Yaghmaei continued to produce music and release albums. In 2003, he released Paria, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional World Music Album category. He received critical acclaim for Back from the Brink: Pre-Revolutionary, which came out in 2006. This album featured re-recorded versions of his hits from the 1970s, as well as new songs.

His family

After the divorce of his parents, Kourosh Yaghmaei and his sister Leila were raised by their father, Houshang Yaghmaei. Houshang was a professor of Persian literature and a prolific writer himself, authoring over 30 books on a variety of topics. He was also very involved in the Iranian literary scene, hosting a weekly salon at his home that attracted some of the biggest names in Iranian letters.

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