Fascinating stories and images from a world that does not exist anymore. This website is dedicated to Noor's music and accompanies the book and its stories. Available through Fraglich Publishing - buy it here.




From Noor's introduction to the book...

"I am an American who became Muslim in Afghanistan. I  used to play in the rock band the Sloths in the 60s in LA & The Velvet Underground New York in the early 70s. I ran a Kundalini Yoga Center and taught in Topanga canyon outside of LA and went to Hawaii with $40 to start another center on the Island of Maui. I lived for 20 years between Kabul and Peshawar."





1965 first sitar, 1966 Pandora' Box with Sloths Sunset Strip, 1967 Sunset Strip





From the 70s till now



1975 - Mir Agha Kushtu
Mir Agha Kushtu (Tambakoo) recorded in the Koh-i-Noor Restaurant, Herat in 1975
1978 - Mir Mohammad Rabab, Kabul
Recorded one snowy night in Kabul, February 27, 1978 Mir Mohammad - rabab, Jan Mohammad - tabla
1978 - Nastaran Mir Mohammad & Jan Mohammad
'Nastaran' - Recorded one snowy night in Kabul, February 1978 Rabab - Mir Mohammad, Tabla - Jan Mohammad
1980 - Garage Bands Rock
Garage Bands Rock – Dedicated to Chuck Berry, Los Angeles jam, maybe 1980 Noor Mohammad Khan on right, Tom Mclaughlin (from current Sloths and TNT) next to Noor George K (Krzyzewski) on left (played with Noor in TNT and Velvet Underground in 1972)
1982 - In celebration of Urs of Rahman Baba
Recorded at Rahman Baba Mazar on 11-23-1982. Shaukot Hussain Sarhadi - rubab, vocals with unknown mangay player and other vocalists. When this was recorded in 1982 there was no structure as seen at the beginning and end of this video. Just some white-washed mud huts.
1982 - Mohammad Aslam - Rabab - Afghanistan
Mohammad Aslam from Jalalabad Afghanistan, recorded in Dabgari Bazaar, Peshawar City on Nov 29, 1982
1984 - Noor Mohammad Khan and Abdul Sattar, Peshawar City
Noor Mohammad Khan and Abdul Sattar, recorded in Gadaffi Hotel Chowk Yadgar, Peshawar City, 1984
1984 - Rabab Ustad Bakhtiare, singer Shah Wali, Peshawar
Ustad Bakhtiare was a great Pukhtun rabab player and composer who worked for Radio Peshawar, and with many musicians, before his tragic death (bus accident) in the late 90s. This was recorded in Dabgari Bazaar (Peshawar City) in March 1984 (thought the photo was taken in my house in 1986).
1984 - Rabab ustad Mukhtiare, Dabgari Bazaar
Mukhtiare Ustaz - Pashtu Rabab, recorded in Dabgari Bazaar, 3-12-84. Mukhtiare , brother of Ustad Bakhtiare. Here are two tune from the Pashtu movie soundtrack (by Shah Wali) "Shah Layla" - "Yarana Ma Baylavay" and "Mrum Mrum Sanama" - I wasn't there to study the music or the musicians, just hanging out and playing with them.
1986 - Amir Jan Herati - Rabab
Amir Jan Herati and Abdul Sattar, recorded in my studio in Dhuma Gali, Peshawar City, 1986
1987 - Master Ali Haider,  Peshawar City
Master Ali Haider, recorded in makeshift studio in Amin Hotel, Hashtnagri, Peshawar City, 1987
1987 - Master Ali Haider, Peshawar City
Master Ali Haider, live recording for the mujahideen of Takhar Province, Northern Afghanistan, recorded in Amin Hotel, Hashtnagri, Peshawar City, 1987
1987 - Nur Jan / Master Ali Haider & band, Peshawar
Nur Jan, recorded in my studio in Kuz Takhal, Peshawar, 1987
1989 - Nasreena - Noor Khan
Rabab Tune - "Nasreena" - English/Pashtu - Noor Khan (Peshawar Pakistan) - Rabab/Tabla (Master Ali Haider)





1973 VelvetUnderground, Passport Photo taken in Kabul 1975, India Visa Photo taken in Kabul 1976, Modeling for his own fashion brand produced in Nepal, 1976.




About Noor

Noor Mohammad Khan’s biography reads like a novel, and if I wasn’t sure the man existed I would say he is a literary figure. Of course he is a literary figure, thanks to his autobiographical novel Some Time On the Frontier: A Pakistan Journal in which he describes in great detail his enticing emotional conundrum of falling in love with a Pathan prostitute in Lahore in the 1980s. This endeavor did not only cause him great pleasure, pain, and despair, it could have easily put an end to his life. If you don’t want to read this book by now you might want to hear about his 1000-mile-long horse trek across the Hindu Kush, Karakoram, and Himalaya Mountains. In 1978 he converted to Islam in Kabul, learned to speak Farsi and, after many years living in Peshawar, became fluent in Pashto. In his writing he doesn’t shy from expressing his unguarded romanticism and experiences with taboo subjects such as guns, drugs, and prostitution. His accounts are honest and therefore very compelling. Noor left Kabul when the Soviet-Afghan war broke out in 1979. While his musical career started in the US with the rock band The Sloths in the 1960s, he also played with the Velvet Underground in New York in the early 70s. He learned to play the rabab in Kabul and recorded some of the legendary masters in his studio in Peshawar. He still plays the rabab and has lately started to perform with the aging Sloths ensemble again. Lukas Birk





Khyber Pakhtunkhwa خیبر پښتونخوا‎;





(may he rest in peace) singing in the ground floor hujra in my house, Mohallah Noor Islam, 1991. We had met during Ramadan in 1986 when I lived in Duma Ghali, near Chowk Nasar Khan, where he lived. Shakeel had the soul of a lion, his nick name sake, Saieen, but with the heart of a kitty. He loved children, music, going to ars (pilgrimages) at shrines, and charras... Noor Khan





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