Past Orientalist Edge In Rock

If you're into discovering past trends in music (like I am), The Believer published a most engaging piece about "Syrian rock and roll" by way of Mohammed El-Bakkar and how Americans latched onto its sound in the 1960s.

Eddie Kochak, who wrote among other things, Shish-Ke-bob rock, is mentioned in the article but couldn't (not surprisingly) find a recording of this song anywhere.

El-Bakkar's website is certainly equipped with humour.

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