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Waters OK with Iranians rewriting song

August 11, 2010

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— Roger Waters has no qualms about giving a Canadian band permission to tinker with the Pink Floyd classic “Another Brick in the Wall” for use as an anthem for young Iranians.

Toronto-based band Blurred Vision, fronted by two exiled Iranian brothers, has reworked the lyrics to express the resentment felt by young Iranians toward their government. One well-known verse was changed to “Hey, Ayatollah, leave those kids alone!”

Waters said he encourages artists to use the song to resist all forms of oppression. He said in a statement that he sees the band as playing a vital part in “the resistance to a regime that is both repressive and brutal.”

The brothers — 28-year-old Sepp and 35-year-old Sohl — hope the song will show solidarity for Iranians fighting for freedom. The brothers do not make their last name public because of concern for the well-being of family members in Iran.

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