MUSIC CENSORSHIP, 1950 till now
1952 The Weavers are blacklisted due to the leftist political beliefs and associations of several members.
In 1953 six counties in South Carolina pass legislation outlawing jukebox operation anytime when within hearing distance of a church. During 1954 Stephen Foster songs are edited for radio to remove words such as "massa" and "darky." For radio airplay the perceived drug reference "I get no kick from cocaine," is changed to "I get perfume from Spain." in Cole Porter's classic "I Get a Kick out of you."
In 1955 Former radio deejay Pat Boone begins a career by releasing "sanitized" versions of black R&B hits. Boone's versions of these songs often contain edited lyrics: such as substituting "drinkin' Coca Cola" for "drinkin' wine" in T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday" and "Pretty little Susie is the girl for me" instead of "Boys, don't you know what she do to me" in Little Richard's "Tutti Fruitti."
During 1956 ABC Radio Network bans Billie Holiday's rendition of Cole Porter's "Love for Sale" from all of its stations because of its prostitution theme. Stations continue to play instrumental versions of the song.
The Parks Department in San Antonio, Texas, removes all rock and roll records from jukeboxes located at city swimming pools, terming it "jumpy, hot stuff" that is unsuitable for teens.
... 1957 Producers of the Ed Sullivan Show instruct cameramen to show Elvis Presley only from the waist up on his third and final appearance on the program on January 7th.
Fearing the effects of the "hedonistic, tribal rhythms" of rock and roll music, in March Chicago's Cardinal Stritch bans popular music from all Catholic-run schools.
The Mutual Broadcasting System drops all rock and roll records from its network music programs, calling it "distorted, monotonous, noisy music."
1962 New York Bishop Burke forbids Catholic school students from dancing to "The Twist." Burke considers R&B music, and its associated dances, to be lewd and un-Christian.
1963 The FBI begins collecting data on folk singers Phil Ochs. Ochs is one of several popular musicians to be tracked by the FBI during their careers (Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie...
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence forbids "Danny Boy" and other secular songs from being performed during funeral masses.
Following the September 11th terrorist attacks, Clear Channel Communications, the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, releases a list of more than 150 "lyrically questionable"songs that stations may want to pull from their playlists. Few songs portray explicit violence, but most have metaphoric themes that ring a bit too close to the tragedies. The list, containing music from almost every genre in popular music, includes Sugar Ray's "Fly," "Jet Airliner" by Steve Miller, Nine Inch Nails'; "Head Like a Hole," AC/DC's "Shoot to Thrill" and "Highway to Hell," Pat Benatar's "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas, Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire," REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It," "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel, Dave Matthews Band's "Crash Into Me," "Nowhere to Run" by Martha & the Vandellas, and all songs by Rage Against The Machine.
In this essay, the author
Explains that the mutual broadcasting system drops all rock and roll records from its network music programs, calling it distorted, monotonous, noisy music.
Analyzes how john lennon's statement in march, comparing the popularity of the beatles to that of jesus christ, results in wide-spread beatles record burnings and protests.
Explains that the local roman catholic diocese runs an ad in the seattle post intelligencer calling for the criminal prosecution of rock musicians and for bans against 'quot;rock festivals and their drug-sex-rock squalor culture.
Explains that one-half of the country's top 40 stations refuse to play 'the ballad of john and yoko' because they feel that the lyrics are blasphemous.
Urges the movement to restore democracy to ban rock music to end the spread of socialism in america.
Analyzes how governor james rhodes attempts to order ohio radio stations to ban the song 'ohio' following the killing of four students at kent state university.
Explains that the senate internal security subcommittee issues a report on john lennon and yoko ono, advocating the termination of his visa to live in the u.s.
Explains that dr. richard bridgberg orders the staff of the institute of living, in hartford, connecticut, to remove mtv from the mental hospital's television system.
Explains that wal-mart discontinues sales of rock magazines such as rolling stone, hard rock, spin, and tiger beat following attacks from a conservative group led by the reverend jimmy swaggart.
Explains that christian rock band degarmo & key see their video for 'six, six, 6' banned because their music video is too violent.
Analyzes how pat robertson calls for content regulation of rock music on radio and television during an address at the new york television academy.
Explains that meyer music markets places an 'quot;explicit lyrics' warning sticker on frank zappa's jazz from hell, even though the album is instrumental.
Explains that after complaints about cher's video for 'if i could turn back time,' several video channels drop or restrict the music clip.
Describes how a nebraska radio station boycotts k.d. lang for her anti-meat beliefs. the station rarely plays lang's records, so their action is symbolic.
Explains that country music television and its parent company the nashville network ban garth brooks' video for "the thunder rolls" because it graphically depicts domestic violence.
Explains that john moran's 'the manson family' is the first classical recording to carry a parental warning sticker.
Explains sinead o'connor's tears up a photograph of pope john paul ii during her december performance on saturday night live prompted critics to call for boycotts of her albums.
Explains that wal-mart refuses to carry sheryl crow's self-titled second album because one of the songs contains an unflattering comment about the discount retailer'
Reports that texas governor george w. bush signed into law a rider to state appropriations bill, which requires state pension funds to divest any assets that are invested in record companies that produce 'quot;obscene' albums.
Explains that 18-year-old eric van hoven is suspended from zeeland high school in holland, michigan, for wearing a tee shirt promoting the band korn.
Explains that a portsmouth school superintendent forbids students from wearing marilyn manson tee shirts or other 'quot;goth' attire.
Explains that church groups and community members in georgia campaign for the cancellation of the hard rock rockfest, fearing the music of some artists will incite attendees to commit violent acts similar to those recently experienced at schools in colorado and georgia.
Explains that the national football league dropped four commercials based on rapper eminem's song 'my name is' because they felt the song was too controversial.
Describes how members of the harvest assembly of god church in butler county, pennsylvania, burn a collection of books, tapes, and cds.
Explains that the roman catholic diocese of providence forbids 'danny boy' and other secular songs from being performed during funeral masses.
Explains that clear channel communications releases a list of more than 150 'lyrically questionable' songs that stations may want to pull from their playlists.
Explains that the weavers are blacklisted due to the leftist political beliefs and associations of several members.
Explains that the parks department in san antonio, texas, removes all rock and roll records from jukeboxes located at city swimming pools, calling it 'jumpy, hot stuff' that is unsuitable for teens.
Analyzes how burke considers r&b music, and its associated dances, to be lewd and un-christian. the fbi begins collecting data on folk singers phil ochs.
Explains that cleveland mayor ralph locher bans all rock concerts in the city following a rolling stones performance. the barry mcguire song 'eve of destruction' is pulled from retail stores and radio stations after some groups complain that it is nihilistic and could promote suicidal feelings among teens.
Explains that capitol records recalls all copies of the beatles' yesterday and today album following complaints over the album's gory cover art.
Analyzes how the ed sullivan show producers request that jim morrison change the lyrics to 'light my fire' for the doors' september appearance on the program.
Explains that pete seeger is edited out of the program by the censors at cbs television. in 1969, new york police seize 30,000 copies of john lennon and yoko ono's two virgins album
Analyzes how several radio stations alter john lennon's song 'working class hero' without the consent of the singer or his record label.
Explains that the illinois crime commission publishes a list of popular rock songs that contain drug references, including peter, paul and mary's "puff the magic dragon" and the beatles' "yellow submarine."
Explains that john lennon's song 'woman is the nigger of the world' is banned by radio stations across the country.
Explains that radio stations across the country refuse to play loretta lynn's 'the pill' because of its references to birth control. the reverend jesse jackson calls for bans against disco music, insisting it promotes promiscuity and drug use.
Describes how youth minister art diaz organizes a record burning at the first assembly church of god in des moines, iowa, where he burns albums by the beatles, ravi shankar, peter frampton, and the soundtrack to the movie grease.
Describes how roger wilcher, a baptist youth minister in emporia, virginia, petitioned the city council to remove mtv from the local cable system.
Explains that dade christian school in miami, florida, forbids students from attending a local concert by the jackson brothers because they fear it will lead the youth to use drugs, drink, behave irresponsibly, and participate in lewd dancing.
Explains san antonio's ordinance prohibiting children under 14 from attending rock concerts at any city-owned facility. the senate committee on commerce, science, and transportation holds hearings on music lyrics and proposed systems to rate or sticker albums that contain violent or sexual-themed lyrics.
Explains how protesters picket retailers carrying guns 'n roses' debut album appetite for destruction, despite the offensive cover art being replaced. cat stevens is misquoted regarding the ayatollah khomeni's call for the death of the satanic verses author salman rushdie.
Explains that westerly, rhode island, high school student robert parker is suspended for wearing a shirt inscribed with devilish messages. fort zumbald north high school in st. louis is forbidden from playing the jefferson airplane hit 'quot;white rabbit'
Describes how police in new iberia, louisiana, seize more than 60 cds after a fight broke out in the rink's parking lot.
In the early 1930’s on the recommendation of Jack Hammond a bandleader named Benny Goodman purchased several tunes from Fletcher Henderson. Up to this point in history what were called “hot tunes” were mostly played publicly by African-American bands, while what were considered “sweet tunes” were played by Jewish and White bands, this remained true even though many “sweet” bands actually preferred the hot tunes by the African –American bands. When Goodman started playing the hot tunes responses were mixed. In 1935, Goodman’s band was scheduled to perform at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles, this required them to travel across t...
In this essay, the author
Argues that the "swing era" started with louis armstrong joining fletcher henderson's band in 1924. the official start of the swing era began ten years after armstrong joined the band.
Explains that benny goodman purchased several tunes from fletcher henderson in the early 1930's on the recommendation of jack hammond.
Narrates how goodman signaled his band to play a hot tune and the audience erupted with enthusiasm.
Describes how the media labeled benny goodman as the "king of swing" and his band took the top 3 spots on the record charts in california.
Explains that swing dominated the american social world. during wwii, large and small ensembles toured with the uso to entertain the camps.
Explains that the lindy hop was faster and more intricate to match the hot tunes that were popular at the time. the term jive was originally used by african-american dancers to refer to the less talented white contemporaries.
Explains the term swing dancing, which originated as a warm-up for tap dancers in this era. the dance craze of the 60's partner dancing was out of fashion until the 1980’s when it emerged in french discotheques.
Explains how rhythm and blues revolutionized country music by creating a new "twang" sound and saving it from extinction.
Analyzes how the country music industry was waking up to the realization that the urban cowboy fad had passed and needed fresh blood and a fresh sound. marty stuart traded the front porch fiddle for the electrifying electric guitar.
Explains that country music is desperate for new ideas, and rhythm and blues express lots of emotion through their lyrics and melodies. porter wagoner brought james brown to the opry stage in 1979.
Opines that the similarities between country and rhythm and blues music would have never transpired without them. both genres have survived brutal historic times and should be credited for their strength and messages.
Analyzes how country and rhythm and blues are similar in story-telling tactics, and they both have the ability to show emotion in their music. both genres have influenced country music by helping to be a role model when the genre was in need of diversification.
Cites bessman, jim, "little bit country, little bit r&b." billboard 111.2 (1999): 24.
Explains that cronin, peter, and dudley clendinen, special to the new york times, have contributed to this article.
Today, in the 1990's, citizens in our society are being bombarded with obscene material from every direction. From the hate lyrics of Gun's 'N Roses to the satanic lyrics of Montley Crue and Marilyn Manson to the sexually explicit graphical content of today's movies, the issue is how much society is going to permit and where we, as a society, should we draw the line. The freedom of speech has always been considered a right, but that doesn't mean that you can shout, "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater. The real question is whether such material is harmful or dangerous to our society.
In this essay, the author
Argues that the issue is how much society will permit obscene material and where we should draw the line. the freedom of speech has always been considered a right, but that doesn't mean that you can shout, "fire!"
Explains that many people are asking whether or not we should censor offensive material. the movie rating council doesn't give a move an r-rating for having the occasional f-word.
Explains that although most people agree that we are being overwhelmed with offensive material, there is no consensus on how to deal with the problem. there are three possible solutions.
Explains that government censorship is the first possible solution. in the past, government legal actions have been taken to control offensive messages.
Opines that legal action isn't the way to deal with offensive messages, and that creative people fear being fined for violating obscenity laws.
Opines that the second solution is private-sector censorship. some people feel that government officials are the best way to restrict offensive messages.
Analyzes how george michael's song "i want your sex" condoned casual sex in 1987, when aids and other sexual diseases were rampant. mtv executives sent the video back because of explicit sexual images.
Explains that mtv drew the line again with madonna's video for "justify my love." they said that the video illustrates her erotic fantasies.
Explains that advocates of the second solution agree that america is suffering from a deluge of offensive messages, but they feel that the best way of dealing with the problem is not government censorship.
Explains that critics of this point of view think that private-sector censorship will not be enough. they believe that the entertainment industry won't be able to control itself.
Argues that the third and final solution is no censorship at all. the first amendment was intended to protect the minorities from the tyranny of the majority.
Argues that free speech is important because it encourages creativity. without freedom of speech, america would probably be dull and drab like a communist country like the former ussr.
Opines that freedom of speech is an important part of any democratic country, and rush limbaugh's portrayal of president clinton should not be censored.
Explains that censorship does not have to be the solution. you always have the right to change the channel or put down a book.
Explains that opponents of the "first amendment view" believe that "just saying no" is not enough. they believe the government should have the right to censor what children see.
Opines that censorship will be left up to the courts to decide. they fear that the media may become a swamp of regulations with no more entertainment value.
Censorship of Music
During the Doors concert in Miami, in 1969, lead singer Jim Morrison,
"did lewdly and lasciviously expose his penis and shake it. . ." (Rosen et al.
90). Today, Billy Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day, bares all at his
concert in Philadelphia (Bernstein 95).
In this essay, the author
States that rosen et al. exposed his penis lewdly and lasciviously and shaken it.
Opines that most parents would not know how to get all the guys.
Opines that parents aren't always aware of what is wrong and what's right.
Opines that parents should not allow their children to listen to music if they knew it consisted of music.
Opines that the song "tie you up" by the rolling stones is also a reference to their thigh.
Opines that kiss' "a glove" is like a hot knife through her.
Explains that they do not sit and analyze the lyrics and say, "gee, this."
Opines that the sexual content of this music is not to be taken seriously.
Analyzes judas priest's song "eat me alive" — "i'm gonna force you at gun."
Opines that such filth would be used to protect it, so that it may be broadcast into our televisions.
Opines that rap, as all music, has its positives and negatives, but it is not as awful as other music.
Opines that rap should not be named as its main cause.
Opines that rappers would not have the gangs in ghettos and hoods.
Opines that people do not like it, they blame it on the rappers (leland 64).
Analyzes how the arrests of tu pac shakur, snoop doggy dog, and flavor flav show what little they know.
Explains how hard work and talent, rose to be the millionaire with the mansion on the hill.
Opines that they do not forget where they came from and who helped bring them.
Describes their roots and the people that helped them get where they are today.
Explains that he received this rap by being an ex-gang member.
Opines that it is not intended to go out and kill people and steal and do drugs.
Opines that they want peace on the street like it was 4/29/92-"the day los angeles gangs."
Opines that while rap isn't the answer, it's the way to get on another vibe.
Explains that 187 is los angeles cop talk and rap slang for homicide.
Opines that the line, "if your bitches talk shit, i have to put thesmack down," seemed quite logical.
Analyzes how they rap about black people taking away money and jobs from them.
Analyzes the rush of living out and fulfilling the life he watched on the screen in the hunger games.
Opines that if people are wary of the actions at a concert or of lyrics, they may not be attracted to music.
Opines that industry does not have and cannot take the time to play each song of every song.
Opines that the writers of music would also have to do this and they are more concerned with the music.
Opines that the study would give it to the federal government ("youth will be heard").
Explains that most of the lyrics to that type of music are speech.
Opines that people who have different values and who want to listen to that music should listen.
Opines that there are options for censorship, use them. not every person in the world is a
Explains that if the radio is a problem, turning the station will do.
Opines that frank's lyrics are "offensive" or rated r.
Explains that during the summer of 1985, the women of pmrc, managed to get eight percent of their salary.
Opines that the pg rating was shoved back into his face as not being good.
Opines that a "review panel" in itself is an first.
Analyzes how billy joe performs naked for the shock value and the love of the audience. she acts in such a fashion because she is insane and wants to prove it to the world.
Analyzes how rock performers take on challenges, like the dare of a child.
Opines that most songs and lyrics are not quite this.
Analyzes how dolly parton tells it like it's supposed to be told. people will always try to bring you down no matter what you do.
Describes the people who have taken a stand by banning all album and artist ads featuring guns.
Analyzes how leland realizes that some people take the rap they listen to very seriously and just want to be put out.
Opines that no one has the right to control what prerecorded music is bought or sold. twenty-six percent would give it to local or state.
Recommends starting to consider the majority age group in which they are popular, and if the group is of younger ages, nine to fourteen, for them to think about the "moral."
Explains that the pmrc felt the pg rating had been watered down too much, so they asked that it be raised to r (zucchino 9).
In our society today, some musicians and their music drain and plague the moral and spiritual well-being of the people; therefore, censorship offers a necessary action that we must take to keep the world from becoming a land of decadence. The musicians lives are not examples for the children or the adults. The lyrics of many songs are not suitable for anyone. All types of music need some kind of censorship. Censorship makes a person realize that music is good for the heart. Censorship totally makes people act better, and when thinking better, this sustains a better society. The lives of some musicians contain types of anarchy and self-gratification. Once the musicians realize that people want not just their music but them as well, they act as gods, which no one can touch.
In this essay, the author
Opines that censorship is necessary to keep the world from becoming a land of decadence. censorship makes people realize that music is good for the heart.
Explains that christians are a fascist society, which puts fun and feelings above the lord, above all. many musicians are non-religious people who live only for fun.
Explains that many musicians use drugs and stimulants to satisfy their hunger for themselves and for pure fun. jimi hendrix could not handle the excitement because he didn't have jesus' personality.
Describes how people never saw jimi hendrix, but a blurred vision of him when he performed on stage at woodstock.
Analyzes how bob dylan talked about getting stoned in some of his music. many musicians make a mockery of their fans because of the vocal opportunities they have to express their discontent with life.
Analyzes how the lead singer for kiss would spit on his fans, drink the saliva, and use what dwelled left in the spitting container. the band would also wear face paint and look like demons of some sort.
Explains that repetition makes someone think about things constantly and then act upon that thought which usually creates an illegal action. outward messages make people do bad things knowingly, but they aren't in the correct state of mind.
Analyzes how adrenaline comes forth from within the soul and people tend to go wild and have no care. rage against the machine promotes anarchy and rebellion of all rules and makes peoples discontent with society come forth.
Analyzes how subliminal messages bring our deepest thoughts out, without even thinking. madonna's 'justify my love' blatantly says, "i love satan."
Analyzes how new age music offers innner-self as a substitute to god, allowing satan to plant seeds in our heads that lead us further away from the truth.
Analyzes how indian and monk chants make a person seem high through deep meditation. meditation was originally intended for the pure thought of god but with new age thoughts, we are perverting it.
Explains that censorship puts a cap on ungodly music and makes music productive and positive, rather than negative.
Explains that profanity makes a person less inclined to think about an action and furthermore, less likely to act upon one.
Explains that repetition makes a mind think, and that people form their own thoughts after hearing and memorizing words.
Explains that people hear music far more than they read the bible, and if the music is damaging to us then negative thoughts will cloud out the biblical ones.
Argues that censorship offers a better society in which we can all live in harmony and learn to respect music power.
Music censorship has been debated since the beginning of recording history. The censoring of music is the practice of restricting free access to musical works. Songs with strong language, racist views, or harmful references will have warning labels on them. There are currently no laws regarding the censorship of music. Censorship originated from a wide variety of motivations, including moral, political, military or religious reasons. The censoring of music is incorrect and should be eradicated. Music has been prominent in culture for thousands of years; it is a big contributing factor to moral compositions, for some it is a personal refuge, for others it is enjoyment, music is an important aspect and to censor music would be racially discriminative, insensitive, and detrimental towards society.
In this essay, the author
Explains that music censorship has been debated since the beginning of recording history. censorship originated from a wide variety of motivations, including moral, political, military or religious reasons.
Explains that the more intellectually advanced a person is, the less likely they are to be unhappy or clinically depressed and seek solace in heavy metal or another branch of rock music.
Analyzes how racial attacks on music were propagated in the 50s and today's censorship of music is a cultural issue.
Opines that music censoring is detrimental to society. it is an emotion outlet for some people and to take that away is wrong. society today likes to shelter and keep the public naive.
Argues that censoring music is immoral because of the artist's right to freedom of expression, which is stripped in other countries, but in america is it promised only to have that right falsely advertised.
Opines that censoring music would be racially discriminatory, insensitive, and detrimental to society. teenagers by my chemical romance contains the words "gun", "murder," "shit" and "pay."
Cites furritus, david, and lombardi, victor. "music and censorship." entertainment scene 360.
Explains that the u.s. department of education institute of education sciences national center for education statistics international year of statistics 2013 (statistics2013). fast facts.
Samuel Cornelius Phillips was born in 1923 in Florence, Alabama to a family of tenant farmers (Sam Phillips Obituary. 3) He grew up around the songs of his parent’s, primarily black, coworker’s songs as they were tending to the cotton fields. Phillips said that he “felt an awakening of [his] spirit when [he] heard the singing of African Americans who worked alongside him”. This early exposure to racial equality stuck with him for the rest of his years. When Phillips grew older, he took a job as a disc jockey for an “open format’ radio station (Sam Phillips Bio. 2). He experienced first-hand the reaction of the listeners to black rhythm and blues, and that led him to founding Sun Records. Sam Phillips founded Sun Records in 1952 in the heart of the Memphis black music scene. Sun Records was created in attempt to “develop new and different artists, get freedom in music, and tape people that weren’t getting tapped; despite the boundaries” (Sam Phillips Bio. 5)
In this essay, the author
Explains that sam phillips is considered the father of rock and roll. he segregated music despite all kinds of cultural disruption with civil rights.
Explains that samuel cornelius phillips was born in 1923 in florence, alabama to a family of tenant farmers. he grew up around the songs of his parent's, primarily black, coworkers.
Analyzes how phillips realized the lucrative potential in convincing a white audience to buy unacceptable black music. elvis presley was signed to sun records in 1954.
Explains that sun records and sam phillips' creation, rock and roll, caused an outrage. it was seen as provocative towards young people, which was its most popular demographic.
Analyzes how sam phillips's persistence on creating popular black records and the equality protests go hand in hand. his philosophy of freedom of expression served as motivation for civil rights activists.
Explains that sam phillips is remembered as a key figure in modern american history. his influence on american culture is one that will be remembered for ages.
Explains that samuel phillips was an advocate for racial equality in the music industry. he established an integrated, popular music genre that broke boundaries and brought attention to the then neglected r&b and black country music.
Concludes that sam phillips transformed the world in two fashions. he created a revolutionary genre of music that went against everything that people knew and was successful.
The Controversy Over Music Censorship
Censorship in music is a very controversial subject in today’s society. What is considered a form of artistic expression to some is also considered vulgar and inappropriate to others. But who ultimately gets to decide what is considered vulgar and what is not? Who decides who hears what in the music industry? The RIAA is responsible for applying the Parental Advisory stamp on every album that is released in the United States.
In this essay, the author
Explains that the riaa is responsible for applying the parental advisory stamp on every album released in the united states, and the fcc makes sure that no vulgarities or controversial comments are aired on radio or television.
Explains that the riaa follows seven guidelines in applying this important notice. contemporary cultural morals can not be offended or mocked in any way, shape or form.
Explains that having the parental advisory label on an album is not the kiss of death. anyone of any age can still purchase the music, just need to be aware of the content.
Explains that the fcc is responsible for making sure that bad content is edited out of every song that hits the radio or television. the parental advisory sticker does not mean the content has to be erased.
Explains that the regulations of the fcc and the riaa are strictly enforced. they allow no one to sneak by with just a minor violation.
As a black musician living in the south in the early 1900’s, it was difficult for Louis Armstrong to be successful. When a reporter asked Armstrong about his early life, he learned that “[b]eing a black in Armstrong’s day in the South. . . was like being a private in the army. Everywhere there were constraints, limits, rules, authorities who at whim could hand down difficulties, suffering, death” (Collier 13). The success of blacks was fully dependent upon the willingness of white producers to take a chance with new, black talent. This was an obstacle because no matter how much an aspiring musician wanted fame, their success was limited unless they had the assistance of a white producer. Even when a talented black artist was discovered by an esteemed producer, their journey was not easy from there. An article about a university’s play set in a recording studio in the 1920’s claims the play portrays “the gritty glamour of the 1920s and the racial disparities of...
In this essay, the author
Explains that jazz music was born and bred in the south, which is why musicians like louis armstrong, duke ellington, and ella fitzgerald are common names here.
Explains that as a black musician living in the south, it was difficult for louis armstrong to be successful.
Explains that ella was one of the most distinguished jazz musicians of her time. she benefited from this by adding a youthful spirit to some of their latest songs.
Explains that the relationship between louis armstrong, duke ellington, and ella fitzgerald was more complicated than this. each one of them was dependent on the other at some point during their careers to provide a roadmap to the top.
Explains feather, leonard, the encyclopedia of jazz in the sixties.
Explains that pilgrim, david, “what was jim crow?” ferris state university, sep. 2000.
States smith, jennifer a., “ma rainey's black bottom examines music and race in the 1920s.” the daily page.
Explains how the pulitzer prize advisory board decided against honoring duke ellington's long-term achievement award, which shows that others went to hinder the success of a black musician in the industry.
Against Music Censorship
Music censorship has been a major problem plaguing America for over fifty years. In 1957, Elvis Pressley was only allowed to be filmed from the waist up on the Ed Sullivan show (Nuzum 1). Plenty of controversy has taken places between then and now, but more recently it has become much more prominent in the media, and people and organizations are beginning to actually take a stand. For example, Island Records (owned by Disney) dropped the Insane Clown Posse just after their release of The Great Milenko and MTV actually refused to play Madonna's video for Justify My Love because it was considered too sexually explicit (Nuzum 1).
Music content is just one of the many issues that puts the First Amendment of our Constitution to work.
In this essay, the author
Explains that music censorship has been a major problem plaguing america for over fifty years. elvis pressley was only allowed to be filmed from the waist up on the ed sullivan show.
Explains that music content is just one of the many issues that puts the first amendment of our constitution to work.
Explains that many people say censorship is necessary because lyrics from songs tell youth it is acceptable to participate in illegal actions such as murder, rape or drugs. they believe that the lyrics drive people to become social deviants.
Explains that the belief of musical content being "poison" is prominent all over america. other ways of stifling these problematic artists are through the pressure of having to use a parental advisory label or legislation passing bills.
Argues that the first amendment protects artists' freedom of speech by saying there should be no censorship of something that is lawfully protected.
Opines that it is unconstitutional to censor lyrics. the first amendment gives everyone the equal right to speak freely about anything, in any way.
Opines that disclaimers and self-censorship would be effective solutions to this problem.
Concludes that it should be up to the individual to censor themselves, rather than the government taking control. in the grand scheme of things, "censorship cannot eliminate evil, it can only kill freedom."
Describes the works of jim entremont, scott barbour, thomas c. grey, mass mic, and eric nuzum.