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Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution #2020

Rock Roll Jihad A Muslim Rock Star s Revolution The story you are about to read is the story of a light bringer Salman Ahmad inspires me to reach always for the greatest heights and never to fear Know that his story is a part of our history Melissa

  • Title: Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution
  • Author: Salman Ahmad
  • ISBN: 9781416597674
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution By Salman Ahmad, The story you are about to read is the story of a light bringer.Salman Ahmad inspires me to reach always for the greatest heights and never to fear.Know that his story is a part of our history Melissa Etheridge, from the Introduction With 30 million record sales under his belt, and with fans including Bono and Al Gore, Pakistanborn Salman Ahmad is renowned for The story you are about to read is the story of a light bringer.Salman Ahmad inspires me to reach always for the greatest heights and never to fear.Know that his story is a part of our history Melissa Etheridge, from the Introduction With 30 million record sales under his belt, and with fans including Bono and Al Gore, Pakistanborn Salman Ahmad is renowned for being the first rock roll star to destroy the wall that divides the West and the Muslim world Rock Roll Jihad is the story of his incredible journey Facing down angry mullahs and oppressive dictators who wanted all music to be banned from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Salman Ahmad rocketed to the top of the music charts, bringing Westernstyle rock and pop to Pakistani teenagers for the first time His band Junoon became the U2 of Asia, a sufi rock group that broke boundaries and sold a record number of albums But Salman s story began in New York, where he spent his teen years learning to play guitar, listening to Led Zeppelin, hanging out at rock clubs and Beatles Fests, making American friends, and dreaming of rock star fame That dream seemed destined to die when his family returned to Pakistan and Salman was forced to follow the strictures of a newly religious and stratified society He finished medical school, met his soul mate, and watched his beloved funkytown of Lahore transform with the rest of Pakistan under the rule of Zia into a fundamentalist dictatorship morality police arrested couples holding hands in public, Little House on the Prairie and Live Aid were banned from television broadcasts, and Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers proliferated on college campuses via the Afghani resistance to Soviet occupation in the north Undeterred, the teenage Salman created his own underground jihad his mission was to bring his beloved rock music to an enthusiastic new audience in South Asia and beyond He started a traveling guitar club that met in private Lahore spaces, mixing Urdu love poems with Casio synthesizers, tablas with Fender Stratocasters, and ragas with power chords, eventually joining his first pop band, Vital Signs Later, he founded Junoon, South Asia s biggest rock band, which was followed to every corner of the world by a loyal legion of fans called Junoonis As his music climbed the charts, Salman found himself the target of religious fanatics and power mad politicians desperate to take him and his band down But in the center of a new generation of young Pakistanis who go to mosques as well as McDonald s, whose religion gives them compassion for and not fear of the West, and who see modern music as a rainbow bridge that links their lives to the rest of the world, nothing could stop Salman s star from rising Today, Salman continues to play music and is also a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, traveling the world as a spokesperson and using the lessons he learned as a musical pioneer to help heal the wounds between East and West lessons he shares in this illuminating memoir.

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    1. The best thing I liked about this book is something that is not in it the music As a result of reading of Ahmad s struggle to be a musician in a country that no longer valued new forms of musical expression Pakistan in its ideologue phase , I downloaded some of his music and found it fascinating and accessible, retaining some essential South Asian characteristics while sharing some of our instruments, rhythms, and feel But Ahmad does a good job of showing the trajectory of his life, the choices [...]

    2. Fantastic book, I read it all in one day I guess I am prejudiced slightly as I have always been a Januni fan but the level of information and Salman s candidness in divulging details of political events and their impact on his life made the book a very worthwhile read indeed There are bits in the book in which Salman does get carried away slightly, like the very first chapter where he mentions Taliban smashing his guitar in a five star hotel in Lahore a bit far fetched, but than I would put this [...]

    3. The author is a bit of a blow hard but he s led a fascinating, dare I say inspirational, life Worth it if you can get past the mediocrity of the writing and the constant self aggrandizement.

    4. long time Junoon fan i always wanted to read what he might offer us in terms of his writing it was a good read But not what i expected i will rate it 4

    5. HATED THIS BOOK lol A friend recommended it and I read it before her and hated it Read quite a way into and then had to stop She read it and loved itOVERVIEW The story you are about to read is the story of a light bringer.Salman Ahmad inspires me to reach always for the greatest heights and never to fear.Know that his story is a part of our history Melissa Etheridge, from the IntroductionWith 30 million record sales under his belt, and with fans including Bono and Al Gore, Pakistanborn Salman Ah [...]

    6. This was fresh, original pop music, and I was intrigued But intrigue turned to serious interest when Junaid told me the story behind the music of Dil Dil Pakistan Salman, yaar, one day a television producer turned up at our band practice in Islamabad, Junaid began in the brash voice of his public alter ego His name s Shoaib Mansoor and he s a very talented, shy, and bohemian kind of guy, Junaid explained The tall, soft spoken and principled Shoaib had apparently refused to cast one of General Zi [...]

    7. I loved this book This is the life story of Salman Ahmad, a Pakistani kid who has always loved music When the family moves to New York, he has a rough start in fitting in, but through music he makes many friends His first concert being Led Zeppelin, he was stung by the rock roll bug That was his life s desire, when his family uproots them again to Pakistan tell him he is to become a doctor The story goes through so much of his life, all his dreams, the politics of the times all the changes in Pa [...]

    8. I bought this at the dollar store when I was in Florida and I m glad I did I really liked this book, which is an autobiography by Salman Ahmad, who is a Pakistani American musician Salman helped to form a Sufi rock group in Pakistan, Junoon Amid political upheaval in Pakistan, the band was criticized for mixing rock music with Islam and was banned several times in that country It really is an amazing story about trying to debunk stereotypes and about the use of music and other arts to bring peop [...]

    9. Well worth it especially if you ve ever been a fan of Junoon or Salman Ahmad Easy to read, straightforwardly written memoir from Salman that transmits the essence of his optimistic Sufi oriented take on life Skipping some dirty personal details by slapping himself on the back a few too many times, there are frank moments in the book which are very moving, especially his visit to his mother s ancestral home in Patiala.

    10. Started off really well with a refreshing account of the musician s childhood leading towards the political situation in Pakistan during the 80 s and early 90 s though the reader will notice a slight exaggeration had many references on Sufism and strong and valid arguments on Islam, a VERY interesting incident with Mick Jagger and most importantly a pretty neat insight into Pakistani music some might find it biased but over all makes it a good read for all fans of Junoon.

    11. This book is worth reading if you are a fan of Junoon Band like me This books is about the life of lead guitarist of a Pakiatani band name Junoon The part, I really enjoyed reading was when Salman Ahmad started Junoon band and get fame as a Rock star in a Muslim country I really recommend this book if you are interested to know history of Pop music in Pakistan Salman Ahmad also mentioned how his band was affected by different government policies.

    12. I enjoyed this book because it helped to open my eyes a little to how others think and feel It is encouraging to read about someone who uses their talents to help other cultures connect in peaceful ways the author does not feel the need of proving his loyalty to his country by hating other countries I now want to read about how others are promoting peace between other cultures and religions.

    13. Its one of the most laborious writings I have ever came across in my life It lacks cohesion and conciseness Salman, goes out of the way to show Pakistan as the most deprived, filthy and stone aged place to live on this earth I feel that he has fabricated every incident in this book and portrayed him self the Messiah of modern age In short this book is so called vivid story of light bringer who is actually an American wannabe.

    14. I bought this book a few years back when the author did a book signing at Tattered Cover It turned out he was related to a friend The book languished on my shelf, unread I finally picked it up and really enjoyed his writing He is a Pakistani who spent his high school years in the suburbs of NYC He went back to Pakistan and became a rock star

    15. Ahmad s struggle to succeed in bringing a music he loved to the people of the country he loved overall makes for a rather fulfilling read At its worst, it s a rather formulaic biography of a rock star you ve probably never heard of At its best though, its a powerful symbol of the power that music and passion can have in healing bonds and bridging cultural gulfs.

    16. A brilliant account not only a captivating account of a diasporic life and of music creation and performance but also of the heavy hand, repressive regimes and segments of authoritarian releigion have on creativity and personal freedom

    17. Some parts were great, others dragged I appreciated his expressing the stories of Pakistani people s struggle for freedoms and how he played part in it The Jagger story rocked, would have enjoyed stories like it.

    18. It gives good insight to Pakistan rock pop music scene while it was still in the nascent stage Interesting.

    19. The book is inspirational but the writing is mediocre and the typos drove me nuts That being said, people like Salman Ahmad are needed in the muslim world It was worth a read

    20. Oh Salman, I love your music and ridiculously after reading this book, I love you a little bit too I don t know why because it s not amazing except in how self serving it is, but gaah.

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