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27 Oct 2011 20:43Comments


[ music ] The UAE-based Brownbook magazine has a feature by Jason Rezaian on an Iranian classical music label, Tehran's Beethoven Music Centre, which most recently set up shop in Karim Khan, the capital's newest cultural hub. Photos by Maryam Rahmanian.

From the beginning, the store reflected the eclectic tastes of its clientele, specialising first in imports of Classical and popular Western recordings. But after a couple of years, the family expanded the operation and started the company's first record label, Ahange Rooz, which loosely translates as "Popular Music." The Chamanara brothers were synonymous with Tehran's music scene in the 1950s and 1960s, owning a series of record shops adjacent to one another on what is now Valiasr Street, Tehran's main thoroughfare. Each shop specialised in a different genre of music, including a store dedicated entirely to film soundtracks.

See also | The Underground Rises, selected by The New Yorker's Alex Ross for Best Music Writing 2011.

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