Iranian pop superstar Andy, who lives in Los Angeles, has been called “the prince of Persian pop”— but his music is banned in his home country.
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In this excerpt from “Our Man in Tehran,” Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times sits down with Andy — whose millions of fans inside Iran can only dream that the mullahs will ever let him perform inside his own country.
“It’s sad, because we should be there,” Andy tells Erdbrink. “We should be touring every city, every village. I grew up in that country and I love that country. And I always thought that’s possible, although it’s been 38 years already, maybe more. But I keep thinking that’s possible and it will happen.”
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In this revealing series on life inside Iran, Thomas Erdbrink shares a rare journey into a private Iran often at odds with its conservative clerics and leaders. The series offers surprising encounters inside the closed society of Iran, as Erdbrink gets Iranians to reveal the intricacies of their private worlds and the challenges of living under theocratic leaders.
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