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Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America

by Eric Nuzum

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Presents a lot of good information, but takes a little too much of a "holier-than-thou" stand than I would prefer. I was expecting an informative book about music censorship; this reads more like it should have been called "Why Music Censors are Evil and are Destroying Free Speech in America". I happen to agree, mostly, with the author's obvious opinion that music censorship is usually not a good thing, but I felt like his opinion infiltrated the text a little too much. ( )
  mwtemple | Nov 24, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688167721, Paperback)

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Music Your Parents Never Wanted You To Hear

Believe it or not, music censorship in America did not begin with Tipper Gore's horrified reaction to her daughter's Prince album. The vilification of popular music by government and individuals has been going on for decades. Now, for the first time, Parental Advisory offers a thorough and complete chronicle of the music that has been challenged or suppressed -- by the people or the government -- in the United States.

From Dean Martin's "Wham, Bam, Thank you Ma'am" to Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar; from freedom fighters such as Frank Zappa and in-your-face rappers such a N.W.A. to crusaders such as Tipper Gore, this intelligent and entertaining book shows how censorship has crossed sexual, class, and ethnic lines, and how many see it as a de facto form of racism. With nearly one hundred fascinating photographs of musicians, record burning, and controversial cover art; illuminating sidebars; and a decade-by-decade timeline of important moments in censorship history, Parental Advisory is by turns frightening and hilarious -- but always revealing.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:19:47 -0400)

Discusses the issues that often raise the question of censoring or labeling popular music in the United States, including violence, race, religion, drugs, sex, and political protest, and traces the history of censorship efforts.

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