Javad Yassari’s songs are emotional roller-coasters of love, loss and loneliness. His songs has become the voice of a very old but overlooked part of Iranian culture: that of its hard working, hard drinking, tough, rough and devout down town men and women. He rose to fame in the late 70’s in Lalezar, Tehran’s club strip where he sang in smoky theatres and cabarets. The revolution of 1979 turned the lights out on Lalezar and Javad’s music went to dingy venues in Dubai and small European towns, and the occasional Tehran wedding, though his music lived on through bootleg cassettes and CDs.

(Javad)/DVCAM/18 Minutes/Farsi with English Subtitles/2011