Until fairly recently the best compliment given to a female diva was that she could sing 'like a man. For ex-patriot Iranians, who squirmed at image after image of angry, bearded Iranians screaming for death to America on prime-time TV, the Googoosh tour was a multiple blessing. She sang happy songs in the Italian pop style of the sixties Khalvat and love songs in the style of French singer Mireille Mattiew and rock songs in English like Carol King's "Its too late". For more information please contact mpub-help umich. Googoosh served the ancien regime well.
Her North American tour, which is being billed as "one historic performance" where she "sings after 21 years," has attracted 10 to 12 thousand people per performance. Our collective need was what took this concert beyond a Pop revival. Early footage of her as a child shows her dancing in the style of the 'luti' with the signature tilted hat and a fake moustache to boot! She was a kind of Iranian Shirley Temple who grew up to become Madonna. The pioneering women singers gained fame through the depth and breath of their voice and the correct rendering of their songs, as well as the fact that they were women with enough guts to perform in public.
No, this light pastiche of a concert, which loyal Googoosh's tradition borrowed from all and became none, was about something larger. Googoosh sang of women's desires and their longing in a new musical genre that was different enough from tradition to be non-offensive. In Iran her clandestinely disseminated films and tape are enjoying a revival. Her nose, too, was small-like that of a farangi foreigner , the highest aesthetic compliment one can still give an Iranian woman. Another musical genre was Iranian popular music, which came out of the brothel and gained mass appeal, first through radio and later, film.
Most concerts sell out the highest priced tickets first. The right to wear what one wants is quickly endowed with significance the minute someone is arrested for doing so. This concert, and indeed Googoosh herself, were about women and music and their right to express their sexuality loudly through a microphone in a Versace dress and still feel Iranian. Chahabi discusses the generosity of Mahvash Ibid, p. Men wear ties and women wear lipstick as an act of defiance in Iran.