Tangier in popular culture

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Tangier has been the subject of many artistic works, including novels, films and music.


  • Tanger A Norwegian book by the author Thure Erik Lund. Jostein Bøhn, one of the main characters has it as a final destination point in his journey.
  • Le dernier ami by Tahar Ben Jelloun. The two protagonists were born in Tangier and the city is revisited many times in the book.
  • Jour de silence à Tanger by Tahar Ben Jelloun.
  • "Streetwise" by Mohamed Choukri
  • Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs – relates some of the author's experiences in Tangier. (See also Naked Lunch (film))
  • The poem "America" by Allen Ginsberg
  • Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac relates him living with William Burroughs and other Beat writers in Tangier.
  • Interzone by Burroughs – It talks about a fictionalized version of Tangier called Interzone (aka International Zone)
  • Let It Come Down is Paul Bowles's second novel, first published in 1952
  • Two Tickets for Tangier by Francis Van Wyck Mason, an American novelist and historian
  • Modesty Blaise; a fictional character in a comic strip of the same name and a series of books created by Peter O'Donnell – In 1945 a nameless girl escaped from a displaced person (DP) camp in Karylos, Greece. She took control of a criminal gang in Tangier and expanded it to international status as "The Network". After dissolving The Network and moving to England she maintained a house on a hillside above Tangier and many scenes in the books and comic strips are located here.
  • Carpenter's World Travels: From Tangier to Tripoli – a Frank G. Carpenter travel guide (1927)
  • The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet – Includes the protagonist's experiments in negative morality in Tangier (1949)
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Crossroads of the Medterranean by Henrik de Leeuw- chronicles the author's journey through Morocco and Tunisia in the early 1950s and includes many pages describing Tangier, notably the Petit Socco as a food market with mountain dwellers (the jebli) selling their produce and 'the street of male harlots', where they ply 'their shameful trade'.
  • The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers
  • The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain includes a mixed bag of comments on his visit to Tangier, ending with: "I would seriously recommend to the Government of the United States that when a man commits a crime so heinous that the law provides no adequate punishment for it, they make him Consul-General to Tangier."
  • Seed by Mustafa Mutabaruka – An African-American dancer struggling with the death of his father meets an enigmatic young woman and her companion in Tangier.
  • Au grand socco by Joseph Kessel – A Moroccan Tangerine boy shares his adventures in the great socco.
  • A Dead Man in Tangier by Michael Pearce - Sandor Seymour, an officer of Scotland Yard's Special Branch, is sent to investigate a murdered diplomat in Tangier, during the era immediately preceding World War I.
  • Tangier by William Bayer - a novel of expatriate life set in Tangier in the 1970s, featuring a Moroccan detective who watches the foreign colony and a host of writers, painters and socialites believed to have been based on real Tangier personalities.
  • "The Drifters by James A Michener - a novel of which follows six young characters from diverse backgrounds and various countries as their paths meet and they travel together through parts of Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Mozambique.


  • Antaeus (magazine) was first published in Tangier by Daniel Halpern and Paul Bowles before being shifted to New York
  • Tangier Gazette was founded by William Augustus Bird (aka Bill Bird) in Tangier

Films and television[edit]

El tiempo entre costuras (The Time Between Seams) is a Spanish period drama television series produced by Boomerang TV for Antena 3. It is an adaptation of the same-titled novel by María Dueñas, published in English language under the titles The Time In Between and The Seamstress. It premiered on October 21, 2013 on Antena 3

A view of Bay of Tangier at sunset as seen from the Malabata suburb.


  • Tangier – American hard rock band.
  • Tangiers – a Canadian rock music band.
  • "If You See Her, Say Hello" by Bob Dylan – one of song's lines says, "If you see her say 'hello', she might be in Tangier."
  • Sartori in Tangier by King Crimson – derives its title from Beat generation influences including the Jack Kerouac novel Satori in Paris, and the city of Tangier, where a number of Beat writers resided and which they often used as a setting for their writing.
  • "Waiting in Tangier" – a track in the album Woman to Woman of Fem2fem band.
  • "Tangier" by the Scottish musician Donovan on his album The Hurdy Gurdy Man.
  • Live at Tangiers – a solo by Michael Stanley
  • "Tangiers" – an instrumental piece by John Powell featured in The Bourne Ultimatum
  • My Tangier – Dave Crockett (circa 1980s)
  • Intrigue in Tangiers – a track from the album What Does Anything Mean? Basically by The Chameleons.
  • Idaho by Josh Ritter – "I got your letter in Tangier".
  • Guantanamo by Outlandish Or we can lounge in Tangier – Not the one in Vegas, naah the one in Maroc
  • Tangiers by Billy Thorpe – a concept album about Tangier, inspired by the late Billy Thorpe's several visits there.
  • Night Train by Looptroop – a song about travelling by night train and noticing diffidences caused by time, place and circumstances; Promoe's singing about his trip around Morocco "I'm on the night train from Tangier to Marrakesh"
  • Hacker by Death Grips – First line of the song is "Going back to Tangier, with some Jordans and a Spear"

"Intrigue in Tangiers" English band featuring Roger Hill & Mel Jones. Since 2008 "Intrigue in Tangiers" have released 6 studio albums and a "best of".