Pakistani Rock Star’s Roots in U.S. Metal (June 6, 2008)

Working as a production assistant (PA) on Morning Edition is less about planning and preparation and more about creative storytelling and technical skill. I was given Steve Inskeep’s interview with Junoon front man Salman Ahmad and cut it and wove in the music. I really enjoy producing music pieces.

Salman Ahmad Music Piece

“As part of our series, ‘The Urban Frontier,’ Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep speaks with musician Salman Ahmad.

Ahmad was born in Pakistan, but grew up in suburban America listening to bands like Van Halen. When his family returned to Pakistan so he could study to be a doctor, Ahmad took along his guitar.

He discovered that Pakistan, under a military dictatorship, “had changed significantly from the ’70s and I landed in the middle of that nightmare.”

Ahmad’s music shocked Pakistan, and Pakistan shocked him.”


About gumshuz

I'm a writer and journalist living in Wyoming. Audio is my passion. My reporting has aired on Naitonal Public Radio, Wyoming Public Radio, BBC/PRI, APM and WAMU. My writing has been published in The News Leader, the Daily News-Record and The Star-Ledger. I deal in Americana and the human condition.
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