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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.
Mr. Ed Spence of The Holland Club, Grants Pass, Oregon, USA, sees a couple dancing the
The San Francisco Examiner reports that Sunday Dances have been outlawed in the city, and even on weekdays dances cannot begin until after 6.00pm.
The San Francisco Examiner reports that the Police Commission has decreed that "Dance Halls Must Close Sunday PM". The move is part of an ongoing campaign to eradicate the performing of such modern dances as The Grizzly Bear, Bunny Hug and Kangaroo Dip which encourage close bodily contact. Such dances, widely considered immoral, are generally performed to ragtime or jazz music.
When Duke Ellington
And His Orchestra play the second of two nights at Sweet's Ballroom, Oakland, California, USA, a boycott is held to protest against the venue's policy of charging higher admission prices to black patrons.
The American Federation Of Musicians initiates another ban on the recording of music.
The dystopian sci-fi novel Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell is published in the UK. The book and its sinister character, Big Brother
, will inspire numerous songs, including 1984
and Big Brother
by Stevie Wonder
. In September 2009, the English alternative rock band Muse will release The Resistance, which includes songs influenced by 1984.
and The Crickets
, Paul Anka
, The Everly Brothers
, Chuck Berry
, The Bobbettes
, The Drifters
, Frankie Lymon
And The Teenagers, LaVern Baker
, Jimmy Bowen
, Sam 'The Man' Taylor
and Clyde McPhatter
plays in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, the white acts are unable to perform because of local segregation laws.
When US package tour The Biggest Show Of Stars for 1957, normally featuring
It is reported in the press in the USA that Jerry Lee Lewis
has come to an agreement with the American Federation Of Musicians, to which he owes $10,000. The agreement will enable him to play in many union-controlled venues from which he had been banned because of his debt.
arrives in the UK for a tour, but he is without his Bluecaps, because the Musicians' Union has banned them. For the tour, Vincent
is backed by British band Sounds
A feature about the censorship of pop singles runs in UK pop weekly newspaper the NME [New Musical Express
] under the headline 'Does Banning Death Pop
Songs Make t hem Too Important?'
UK music weekly newspaper Disc reports that an American ban on songs from the Anthony Newley - Leslie Bricusse musical Stop The World - I Want To Get Off
has been lifted.
Illinois Supreme Court unanimously affirms controversial comedian and recording artist Lenny Bruce
's Gate of Horn obscenity conviction, resulting from his performance at The Gate Of Horn club in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The government of Indonesia bans Beatles-styled haircuts. The Beatles
are regarded as ambassadors of Western Decadence and improper moral values.
re-names his band, which has been recording in and around Los Angeles, California, USA, under several names, as The Mothers. (When their record label decides the name is potentially offensive, Zappa will change it again to The Mothers Of Invention
release their debut single, Arnold Layne
, in the UK. It is immediately banned by the BBC because of its subject matter. That night they play at The Technical College, Canterbury, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
as a deliberate protest against the Ministry
of Culture's orders against performing the dance which is regarded as an example of unacceptable Western decadence.
During the May Day celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Europe, Soviet teens openly dance
A shipment of the album Two Virgins by John Lennon
and Yoko Ono, is confiscated at Newark airport, New Jersey, USA, because its cover, showing the couple naked, is deemed pornographic. The album will subsequently be sold in America in brown wrappers.
At a meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, between record business executives and State Representative Edwin G. Mullinax, it is decided to 'tone down' a state bill which sought to require lyrics to be printed on the cover of record sleeves.
FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover writes to Charles H.Crutchfield, President of the Jefferson Standard Broadcasting Company, North Carolina, USA, supporting his appeal for censorship of rock albums, specifically mentioning recordings by The Doors
and The Fugs
Fearing fan riots, Boston's mayor Kevin White, bans The Rolling Stones
from playing warm-up gigs at the small Orpheum club in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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.
Following attacks by censorship pressure group The PMRC, the RIAA [Record Industry Association of America] agrees to put 'Parental Advisory' labels on selected music releases at their own discretion. The labels are generic, unlike the original idea of a descriptive label categorizing the explicit lyrics.
Rapper Too Short and concert promoter Mike Blackwell are arrested after a show at The Municipal Auditorium, Columbus, Georgia, USA, for violating the city's lewdness ordinance. Short is charged with using four-letter words. Despite the fact that other acts on the same bill, Eazy-E and NWA, used much of the same language as Too Short, they are not arrested.
Let There Be House by Deskee
reaches No1 in the Billboard
Dance Singles Chart in the USA.
in the USA unveils a standardized advisory sticker reading 'Parental Advisory. Explicit Lyrics.' for albums containing explicit lyrics. The sticker was developed in response to complaints about offensive lyrics by groups such as 2 Live Crew
Three members of alternative rock band Too Much Joy
are aquitted in court in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA. The charge against the threesome was that they had performed songs from the 2 Live Crew
album As Nasty As They Wanna Be
at Club Futura, Hollywood, Florida, the previous August.
Sections of Michael Jackson
's Black Or White
video, which includes crotch-grabbing and car-smashing scenes, are edited out after protests from tv viewers.
When Kiss headline at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, Texas, USA, their opening act Ted Nugent
verbally attacks Latin-American immigrants, yelling, "If you’re not gonna speak English, get the fuck out of America." Understandably, he gets himself banned from the venue.
and her husband Bobby Brown
are banned for life from The Bel Air hotel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, after wrecking their room. The couple had smashed up a TV and ripped two doors off their hinges. The walls and carpets were said to be stained by alcohol.
Rihanna's controversial concert
at Stadium Putra in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, goes ahead despite widespread calls for the concert to be cancelled on the grounds that Rihanna
's sexy stage act is an insult to Malaysian values.
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.
Following objections from citizens of Aberdeen, Washington, the last three letters of the word 'fuck' are removed from a granite plaque in memory of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
in the town's Kurt Cobain
Riverfront Park. The edited plaque is then returned to the park. The full quote which had incensed the citizens was, "Drugs are bad for you. They will fuck you up."
L'Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, publishes a tribute to The Beatles
on the 40th anniversary of the band's breakup. The article is widely seen as ending a decades-long period in which The Beatles
' music was officially disapproved of by the Catholic Church. The feud between the church and the band was triggered in March 1966 when singer John Lennon
told a London Evening Standard reporter that The Beatles
were "more popular than Jesus."
The Amnesty International Bringing Human Rights Home Concert
, featuring Imagine Dragons
, Flaming Lips
, The Fray, Ms Lauryn Hill
, Colbie Caillat
, Tegan And Sara, Blondie
, Cold War Kids, Cake, Yoko Ono, Bob Geldof
and others, takes place at The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York City, USA. The event also includes a special address by members of Pussy Riot
, introduced by Madonna
In an interview published today by The Sunday Times magazine in the UK, Chrissie Hynde
(formerly of The Pretenders) expresses the opinion that if a woman dresses provocatively she might be 'responsible' for being raped. She states, "If you're wearing something that says 'Come and fuck me' you'd better be good on your feet." Her remarks provoke a mini-storm of disapproval in the following days
from, among others, Lucy Hastings, the director of the charity Victim Support.