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Dorian Lynskey on the British pop explosion of the 1980s.

Dorian Lynskey is a music writer for the Guardian newspaper and other publications. His account of protest songs from around the world – 33 Revolutions Per Minute was published last year by Faber and was widely praised.

His essay looks back on growing up in the British pop explosion of the 1980s and how it shaped his political and cultural outlook on the world.

From Frankie Goes To Hollywood and their shattering predictions of nuclear war in 'Two Tribes' to the global fusions and connections of South Africa's Spoek Mathambo covering Joy Division's She's Lost Control.

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Chika Unigwe was born in 1974 in Nigeria and has spent much of the last 15 years living and writing in Belgium. Her novels have been published in English and Dutch, On Black Sisters Street (Jonathan Cape UK) won the 2012 Nigeria Prize for Literature.

Growing up in a conservative family in Nigeria meant that her exposure to pop as a teenager was limited, but today she is proud of the contemporary music being exported by her home country.

Chika Unigwe on Nigeria's contemporary music scene.

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Chloe Aridjis on Mexican pop music.

Chloe Aridjis is the daughter of a Mexican poet and diplomat, and an American environmental activist. Her first novel, Book of Clouds, was published in 2009 and won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France that year. Her second novel, Asunder, will be published in May 2013.

As an adolescent, her bilingual exposure to pop took place in Mexico City, where she listened to British bands whilst going to a gay Goth club and discovering the Mexican equivalents.

(Image: Chloe Aridjis. Credit: Homero Aridjis)

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Selma Dabbagh on Arab pop music.

Selma Dabbagh is a Palestinian/British writer who has lived in Kuwait, Cairo, Beirut and London. Her teenage years were spent in Kuwait where pirated cassette tapes reached her through school friends and she and her sisters danced on the roof of their home to Talking Heads and The Eurythmics.

But as she grew older the sharp realities of war and Middle Eastern politics drew her back to the roots of Arab pop as well as bringing her full circle to an appreciation of singers such as Fairuz, that her father had loved but which her teenage self shunned.

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Pakistan's most enduring music export, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, by Mohammed Hanif

"The first time I saw Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, he was stuck in the door of a van and I feared that he might never be able to get out. I was eight years old and had never seen a man so enormous. Nusrat was not yet the global music sensation that he would become in a few years but he was already a rock star in my hometown.

"His annual concert meant deserted streets, the whole village pulled an all nighter; even old women who never ventured out, sat on the rooftops and listened."

Mohammed Hanif is a novelist and journalist now based in Pakistan. Previously head of the BBC's Urdu section and a contributor to From Our Own Correspondent. His two novels A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008) and Our Lady of Alice Bhatti (2011) were widely praised and his debut was longlisted for the Man Booker prize.

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Pakistan's most enduring music export, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, by Mohammed Hanif

"The first time I saw Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, he was stuck in the door of a van and I feared that he might never be able to get out. I was eight years old and had never seen a man so enormous. Nusrat was not yet the global music sensation that he would become in a few years but he was already a rock star in my hometown.

"His annual concert meant deserted streets, the whole village pulled an all nighter; even old women who never ventured out, sat on the rooftops and listened."

Mohammed Hanif is a novelist and journalist now based in Pakistan. Previously head of the BBC's Urdu section and a contributor to From Our Own Correspondent. His two novels A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008) and Our Lady of Alice Bhatti (2011) were widely praised and his debut was longlisted for the Man Booker prize.

05Revolutions Per Minute20121123

Pakistan's most enduring music export, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, by Mohammed Hanif

Mohammed Hanif focuses on Pakistan's most enduring music export, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

"The first time I saw Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, he was stuck in the door of a van and I feared that he might never be able to get out. I was eight years old and had never seen a man so enormous. Nusrat was not yet the global music sensation that he would become in a few years but he was already a rock star in my hometown.

"His annual concert meant deserted streets, the whole village pulled an all nighter; even old women who never ventured out, sat on the rooftops and listened."

Mohammed Hanif is a novelist and journalist now based in Pakistan. Previously head of the BBC's Urdu section and a contributor to From Our Own Correspondent. His two novels A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008) and Our Lady of Alice Bhatti (2011) were widely praised and his debut was longlisted for the Man Booker prize.

05Revolutions Per Minute20121123

The first time I saw Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, he was stuck in the door of a van and I feared that he might never be able to get out. I was eight years old and had never seen a man so enormous.

Nusrat was not yet the global music sensation that he would become in a few years but he was already a rock star in my hometown.

His annual concert meant deserted streets, the whole village pulled an all nighter; even old women who never ventured out, sat on the rooftops and listened.

Mohammed Hanif is a novelist and journalist now based in Pakistan. Previously head of the BBC's Urdu section and a contributor to From Our Own Correspondent. His two novels A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008) and Our Lady of Alice Bhatti (2011) were widely praised and his debut was longlisted for the Man Booker prize.