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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Legendary songwriter Parviz Maghsadi passed away

parviz maghsadi پرویز مقصدی

Legendary songwriter

Parviz Maghsadi passed away

Summary: Playing some 45rpms on my turntable all written by him.

Legendary eye-ran!-ian songwriter Parviz Maghsadi پرویز مقصدی passed away March or April 2009 in the U.S.

He was the first modern pop music songwriter in that country, breaking into the market around 1964. Many of the biggest names in eye-ranian music owe the start of their career to him: Aref, Gougoush, Dariush .... This is because over there the songwriter was also the producer of the project, often paying with his own pocket the expenses of the release and distribution of the record.

parviz maghsadi پرویز مقصدی

In the video that accompanies this article, I play some of the music he wrote on my record player. Included in those that I play is his most famous composition and probably the most famous eyeranian pop song: Gol va Goldoon (Flower and Flowerpot) released in 1969 or 1970 featuring -later to become famous - Armik on guitar (the neuvo flamenco star).

Parviz Maghsadi was born in Leningrad and I think his mother was Russian. He was incredibly famous upto 1973. His melodies were well rounded western pop melodies with only a touch of p-ersian music in them. In 1973 he dissapeared. In part, he could not fit well as the P-ersian pop songs in the 70's were starting to change, becoming lyric-centric, where the songwriting focused around a complex set of lyrics. In eyeRan they call them Saalaari writing. This allowed for complex lyrics that could encapsulate the complex social situation of the country. In this context, Maghsadi's melody-centered songwriting had no place. He needed the lyricist to adapt to his melodies instead. He returned to work around 1975, but his new songs did not catch on and non of the newer songs became hits and he was considered demodé and a "has been" compared to newer names like Zoland, Shmaizadeh or Cheshmazar.

Once installed in San Diego California, U.S after 1979 he never worked in music again. He was also definitly a bit wierd. The reports suggest he died in extreme poverty in Denver. I even read an article saying he was playing the guitar on the street. It is unfortunate. The real responsibles of this attrocity are the ayatollahs in eyeRan that have messed up the lifes of so many people forcing them to end up all over the world. Secondly, the lack of a public health system for unemployed in the U.S is litteraly a crime, so is the lack of social services. I know cuz I was denied them both even though for 10 years Uncle Sam pinched $500 out of my pay check each month. Then when you fall out of work and request some of your contributions back, they say you dont qualify or they are out of funding or some other lie.

Back to Maghsadi it is extra sad because I know that if he had registered his songs in the U.S. and hired a song Publisher, such as Warner Chappel / April Music or other roialty collectors under ASCAP / BMI he would have collected easily $4000 dollars from each Googoosh concert. In big public performances and concerts in the western world the promoter must pay the publisher of these songs a royalty if the song is performed. This has nothing to do with record companies, these are publisher of the song, not the recording. My guess is that Maghsadi never looked into this, and into the fact that he should have registered and given to a U.S or western publisher the right to administer his songs.

VIEW THE VIDEO I MADE WITH 45's written by him:




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