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Censorship

Under the headline 'Philadelphia Bans the Trot', The New York Times announces that civic leaders in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, have banned the playing of music [usually ragtime jazz] which could result in an outbreak of either of two currently popular [and apparently reprehensible] dances - the 'turkey trot' and the 'grizzly bear'. According to the article, "it is understood that the two dances have all but caused several scandals in some of Philadelphia's best families."
Mr. Ed Spence of The Holland Club, Grants Pass, Oregon, USA, sees a couple dancing the Bunny Hug and becomes involved in an arguement over it, insisting it is a rule at the club that no 'animal dances' were allowed. The animated discussion becomes a fight in which Mr. Spence is knifed 11 times.
A feature by prominent composer and violinist Leo Oehmler in this month's edition of New York City-based magazine The Musical Observer is entitled "Ragtime : A Pernicious Evil And Enemy Of True Art".
An item in Variety magazine complains of the "offensive, disgusting, effeminate male or 'fairy' impersonators" performing in music halls in New York City, USA.
The American Federation Of Musicians lifts its ban on recording of music, which has been in operation since August 1, 1942.
The Perry Como Show on CBS-tv in the USA features 13-year old guest artist Jimmy Boyd singing his hit I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. When first released, Boyd's record had been banned in Boston, Massachgusetts, by the Roman Catholic Church on the grounds that it mixed sex with Christmas.
The BBC in London bans Johnnie Ray's cover version of The Drifters' song Such A Night, deeming it too suggestive.
The BBC in London bans Johnnie Ray's cover version of The Drifters' song Such A Night, deeming it too suggestive.
George A. Miller, president of music business organisation The Music Operators of America, publicly denounces the sexual innuendoes contained in some R'N'B records, such as Annie Had A Baby by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. (censorship)
Ruth Brown's American hit, Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean, is banned from radio broadcasts by the BBC in the UK, on the grounds that it might encourage wife-beating.
Asa Carter of the North Alabama White Citizens' Council, announces that rock'n'roll, which he regards as an 'immoral' music, is a plot hatched by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. With this in mind, he begins a campaign to get radio stations to ban rock'n'roll records.
Bill Haley and his Comets are banned from performing at the Rock And Roll Under The Stars concert in Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. The local authorities claim that, 'Rock'n'roll music encourages juvenile delinquency and inspires young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city's beaches.' (censorship)
South African newspaper The Star describes rock'n'roll music as sounding like "beating on a bucket lid". Fans of the music are characterised in the article as "hordes of sloppy, aggressive, be-jeaned louts and their girlfriends who cause so much trouble in South Africa." (censorship)
A new entertainment programme, The Black And White Minstrel Show, begins on BBC tv in the UK. It will become hugely popular but will eventually be banned because of accusations that the concept - white entertainers in blackface makeup - is racist.
In the UK, the BBC bans airplay of The Coasters song Charlie Brown because the lyric includes the word 'spitball' which is deemed too offensive for radio broadcast. Two weeks later, once the meaning of the term has been explained, the BBC will change its mind and allow the song to be played.
Following a wave of vicious stabbings in New York City, USA, WCBS Radio bans the hit song Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin.
Twenty five thousand copies of Ray Peterson's 'death disc' hit single Tell Laura I Love Her are destroyed by Decca Records in the UK, because the song has been declared tasteless and vulgar. (censorship)
Elvis Presley is in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, re-shooting the ending of Wild In The Country, because pre-release screening audiences did not like the original ending in which Hope Lange committed suicide.
US music trade magazine Billboard reports that juke boxes have been banned in Bangkok, Thailand, Indochina, Asia.
The BBC in the UK bans the American hit single Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett for being 'offensive'.
Psychedelic-folk pioneers Pearls Before Swine begin recording their song (Oh Dear) Miss Morse, which includes the word "F-U-C-K" sung in Morse Code.
The Charlatans, The Salvation Army Banned, and Blue Cheer play the last of three nights at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
Tetragrammaton Records in the USA begins a major press advertising campaign for the LP You Can't Beat People Up And Have Them Say I Love You by stand-up comedian Murray Roman. The reason for the campaign is that the LP's controversial subject matter, frankly covering sex and drugs, will preclude it from receiving any radio or tv exposure.
The three-day long Second Atlanta Pop Festival begins at Middle Georgia Raceway, Byron, Georgia, USA, featuring The Allman Brothers Band, Captain Beefheart, John Sebastian, Mountain, Procol Harum and Johnny Winter. The event will prompt Georgia Governor Lester Maddox to seek legislation banning rock festivals in the state.
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In the afternoon, The Sex Pistols sign a management contract with Glitterbest Ltd, owned by Malcolm McLaren. That night, they earn £438 for playing at the first of two days of the Punk Festival at London's 100 Club, along with The Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Subway Sect.
In the wake of a sensational punk tv special shown earlier in the month, the city of Glasgow in Scotland bans all punk gigs, hoping to avoid violence.
Concerned about the spread of domestic cassette recordings, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) launches a campaign under the slogan Home Taping Is Killing Music, with support from Elton John, Gary Numan, Cliff Richard, 10cc and the Boomtown Rats.
Following Stevie Wonder's recent declaration of support for Nelson Mandela, South African radio stations ban the playing of all his songs.
The Washington Wives' music censorship pressure group PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) petitions the music business to introduce a rating system to warn buyers about violent or sexually explicit lyrics.
The Clash's Joe Strummer is banned for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Tommy Hammond, co-owner of Taking Home The Hits music store in Alexander City, Alabama, USA, is arrested for selling pornography. The merchandise in question is 2 Live Crew's albums Move Something and Live Is What We Are, which are defined as pornographic by the state's obscenity statutes.
A case brought by the Rock Against Racism organisation, challenging New York City, USA's attempts to control noise levels at concerts in Central Park’s Naumberg Bandshell, is heard in the US Supreme Court. In due course, the court will decide that controlling noise levels at such venues does not violate the free speech rights of performers.
Italian tv refuses to broadcast Madonna's Pepsi commercial, featuring Like A Prayer, on the grounds that it is deemed blasphemous.
Roman Catholic groups condemn Madonna's Blond Ambition concert tour as blasphemous due to the shows' overtly sexual and religious content. They also announce plans to have her concerts in Rome and Turin cancelled.
Madonna's Justify My Love video, recently banned by MTV, is aired in full on ABC-tv's Nightline.
Kid Rock releases his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast on Jive Records. The album's first single Yo Da Lin In The Valley will be banned by the FCC for its many references to oral sex, and will result in SUNY Cortland Radio (WSUC-FM) receiving the largest non-commercial radio fine up to this time, $23,750.
Eminem is granted a visa to perform in Australia, Oceania, despite Australian Prime Minister John Howard declaring, "I find the lyrics of people like that quite sickening." The terms of Eminem's visa require him to, "respect Australia's multi-cultural society and avoid vilifying or inciting discord in the community."
In the wake of the World Trade Center attack, 1200-station US radio network Clear Channel Communications bans all music by Rage Against The Machine and issues a don't-play list of 150 songs, ranging from Nena's hit 99 Red Balloons to John Lennon's Imagine, which includes the lyric, "I hope someday you'll join us/And the world will live as one."
It is announced that Starbucks will not be selling the new Bruce Springsteen album, Devils And Dust, which is the first Springsteen album to be stickered with an advisory label because of erotically-charged lyrics.
On his Against All Gods tour, Marilyn Manson plays at The Arena, Pula, Croatia, Europe. Prior to the show, the touring crew is delayed from entering the venue because a group of local Catholic bishops is exorcising the stage, in the belief that Manson is in league with satanic forces.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Mink decides against an appeal from rapper Lil Wayne to have the documentary film The Carter banned. Wayne had claimed that executives at Quincy Jones III's QD3 Entertainment, had reneged on a deal to give the rapper final approval on the content of the movie.
It is reported that Alice Cooper has been banned from playing an upcoming show in Finland, Europe, because, according to Harri Wiherkoski, managing director of the Tampere Areena Oy, "artists who express suspicious values from Christianity's point of view cannot be allowed to perform at the venue."
Bob Dylan posts a statement on his website refuting persistent rumours that he had been subjected to censorship during his recent concerts in China, Asia.
North Vietnamese police arrest and jail songwriter Hoang Nhat Thong at No.4 Phan Dang Luu prison in Ho Chi Minh City, North Vietnam, Asia. For having written a song criticising his government, he is charged with conducting anti-state propaganda under Article 88 of Viet Nam's Criminal Code and could face a jail sentence of up to two decades.
The board of the city-owned Exhibition Place music venue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, votes to ban EDM (Electronic Dance Music) events at the venue. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti cites the abuse of MDMA and ecstasy as the main reason for the ban, but suspicions are aired that the ban is actually aimed at "improving the financial position" of another venue, Muzik Nightclub, a favourite haunt of Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
A group of Iranian youths who posted a video of themselves dancing to the Pharrell Williams hit Happy are arrested by Iranian police.
It is reported that organisers of the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, USA, have dropped R. Kelly from the line-up, in response to protests from musicians and local people.
Australian radio station Triple M bans the music of Kiss leader Gene Simmons in the wake of his irresponsible comments about depression in an interview with music website Songfacts.com.
A Dominican Republic government commission with responsibility for public performances announces that it is banning a September 13 concert by Miley Cyrus because the former Disney cutie-pie often "undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law."
It is announced that a group of Iranian youths who posted a video of themselves dancing to the Pharrell Williams hit Happy have been sentenced to up to a year in jail and 91 lashes.
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