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Queen lyrics and others banned in Iran
Latest News - Music News
Written by RogorMortis   
Saturday, 18 November 2006

Dozens of literary masterpieces and international bestsellers have been banned in Iran in a dramatic rise in censorship that has plunged the country's publishing industry into crisis.

Companies that once specialised in popular fiction and other money-spinners are being restricted to academic texts under a cultural freeze instigated by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Several thousand new and previously published works have been blacklisted by Iran's culture and Islamic guidance ministry, which vets all books.

Newly banned books include Farsi translations of Tracy Chevalier's bestseller Girl With a Pearl Earring and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, the latter for upsetting clerics within Iran's tiny Christian community. Chevalier's novel has completed six print runs in Iran and earned hefty profits for its local publisher, Cheshme.

Another publishing house has been banned from selling a successful series of books featuring lyrics by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Doors, Black Sabbath, Queen and Guns n' Roses. Stores were told to remove the books or face closure. Permission was subsequently denied for the publisher to reprint.

The clampdown has been headed by the hardline Culture Minister, Mohammed Hossein Saffar Harandi, a former revolutionary guard and close ally of Ahmadinejad. It follows a relative thaw during the eight-year presidency of Ahmadinejad's reformist predecessor, Mohammed Khatami.

The rise in book censorship mirrors repression in other spheres. In September the reformist newspaper Shargh was closed after publishing a cartoon depicting United States President George Bush, disguised as a horse, debating with a donkey under a halo, widely seen as representing Ahmadinejad. The publishers launched a replacement newspaper, Rouzegar, but it was ordered to close after five days. - Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2006 

Marillion dates Europe 2007
Latest News - Concert News
Written by RogorMortis   
Friday, 17 November 2006
Marillion dates 2007 - Release date of Somewhere Else is now 26 March 2007

Jan 28 2007      8:00P    Koko         W, London
Apr 16 2007     8:00P    Europarque     Porto
Apr 17 2007     8:00P    Aula Magna     Lisbon
Apr 21 2007     8:00P    Rockstore         Montpellier
Apr 23 2007     8:00P    Saschall            Florence
Apr 24 2007     8:00P    Stazione Birra        Rome
Apr 26 2007     8:00P    Estragon         Bologna
Apr 27 2007     8:00P    Live Club          Milan
Apr 28 2007     8:00P    Transbordeur     Lyon
Apr 29 2007     8:00P    Elysee Montmartre     Paris
May 1 2007     8:00P    013         Tilburg
May 2 2007     8:00P    Pop Podium     Hardenberg
May 3 2007     8:00P    Vredenburg Muziekcentrum     Utrecht
May 4 2007     8:00P    Markthalle     Hamburg
May 11 2007     8:00P    Le Splendid     Lille
May 13 2007     8:00P    E-Werk         Cologne
May 14 2007     8:00P    Capitol         Offenbach
May 16 2007     8:00P    Vredenburg Muziekcentrum     Utrecht
May 17 2007     8:00P    Longhorn         Stuttgart
May 18 2007     8:00P    Backstage         Munich
May 19 2007     8:00P    Retro Music Hall     Prague
May 26 2007     8:00P    Divadlo Arena     Bratislava
Jun 3 2007     8:00P    LMUSU         Leeds
Jun 4 2007     8:00P    Newcastle University     Newcastle
Jun 5 2007     8:00P    ABC         Glasgow
Jun 11 2007     8:00P    Wolverhampton Civic Centre     Wolverhampton
Jun 12 2007     8:00P    Rock City         Nottingham
Moody Blues USA dates 2007
Latest News - Concert News
Written by RogorMortis   
Friday, 17 November 2006

 Details on http://MoodyBluesToday.com

2/8 Las Vegas, NV
2/9 Las Vegas, NV
2/10 Las Vegas, NV
2/11 Palm Springs, CA
2/13 Pheonix, AZ
2/15 Pasadena, CA
2/16 Temecula, CA
2/17 Temecula, CA
2/19 Friant, CA
2/21 Sacramento, CA
2/22 Santa Ynez, CA
2/23 San Jose, CA
2/24 Stateline, NV
2/26 Denver, CO
2/27 Rio Rancho, NM
3/1 Tulsa, OK
3/2 Kansas City, MO



Michael Manring
Latest News - Music News
Written by RogorMortis   
Friday, 17 November 2006
Michael Manring Newsletter - see below..........
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