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."
NOOR IN THE 60s
1965 first sitar, 1966 Pandora' Box with Sloths Sunset Strip, 1967 Sunset Strip
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From the 70s till now
NOOR IN THE 70s
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.
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;
MY DEAR TWIN BROTHER SHAKEEL
(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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