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Qur’an for Little Muslims

Hello Gardners; a pleasure to be here — and to make my first contribution.

I’ve been a die-hard forgotten media collector and create digger for many years, amassing an enormous library of strange sources to be used to create music as/with The Evolution Control Committee. So, it just seemed natural to start off with a good find — expect more to come.

Having amassed most of my vinyl treasures in the bible belt and Devo state of Ohio, religious vinyl artifacts are a familiar and favorite find. Whether it’s another piercing sermon from Jack Van Impe (or occasionally his kick-ass accordion playing) to irritating Christian puppets, there was always a glut. So much so that I eventually had to split my “Religion” record category in two, separating the adult material from the kids (the latter category becoming “Opiates For The Lasses”). But ”¦ always, always, always Christian.

Which was what made “Qur’an for Little Muslims” so refreshing.

Qur'an for Little Muslims - CoverOnce you’re past the gleeful shock of the title, look at the cover — what’s wrong with this picture? Could it be the blond-haired, blue-eyed, Aryan Youth dutifully studying his Qur’an? There’s also something neatly symbolic about the faceless girl, conveniently looking another direction. Yeah ”¦ keep it that way, you.

As for the contents, it’s Islamic storytime with a very white sounding soccer mom. Uh, in a burqa. Not thrilling, but Negativland did use a bit in their 2006 shows after I sent a copy to Mark Hosler, even with no “My First Car Bomb” track. Nonetheless, here it is in its entirety for you, complete with artwork.

  1. Introduction
  2. Al Fil
  3. Al Alaq
  4. Al Maun
  5. Al Asr
  6. Al Fatiha
  7. Al Falaq & Al Nass
  8. Al Lahab
  9. Al Nasr
  10. Suras Recitation

Artwork (click for larger images):

Qur'an for Little Muslims - CoverQur'an for Little Muslims - InsideQur'an for Little Muslims - Side 1Qur'an for Little Muslims - Side 2

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this (naturally) also appeared in the recently released “It’s All in Your Head FM”, a live 2xcd from that Negativland tour.



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