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Censorship

At the end of the first English Civil War, influenced by the Puritans, the British Parliament passes a law banning any celebration of Christmas. This new law is much disliked and will cause riots in the streets. The popular ballad The World Is Turned Upside Down will be inspired this law, and is best known in a version by Maddy Prior And The Carnival Band.
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.
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 by Spirit 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.
When US package tour The Biggest Show Of Stars for 1957, normally featuring Buddy Holly 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.
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)
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.
Gene Vincent 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 Incorporated.
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.
Frank Zappa 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).
San Francisco-based music business tip-sheet The Gavin Report lists several current hits, including Rainy Day Women Nos12 And 35 by Bob Dylan, Eight Miles High by The Byrds and Along Comes Mary by The Association as containing thinly-veiled drug references.
Pink Floyd 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.
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During the May Day celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Europe, Soviet teens openly dance the twist 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.
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.
The Ballad Of John and Yoko by The Beatles is banned by half of the Top Forty AM Radio stations in America, because the line 'Christ, you know it ain't easy,' is deemed blasphemous.
US Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, speaking in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, attacks The Beatles for their use of drug references in such songs as With A Little Help From My Friends.
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.
Two weeks after The Dead Kennedys have been publicly targeted by Susan Baker of censorship pressure group the Parents Music Resource Center [PMRC], frontman Jello Biafra's house in San Francisco, California, USA, is raided and ransacked by police.
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.
The R.I.A.A. 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.
2 Live Crew, Seka, Poison Clan and Tds Mob play at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Madonna's steamy hotel bedroom video for Justify My Love is banned by MTV.
Three members of alternative rock band Too Much Joy are 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.
The United States Supreme Court decides in favour of 2 Live Crew in the case of Campbell vs Acuff-Rose Music. The lawsuit was based on 2 Live Crew's use of parts of the Roy Orbison song Oh Pretty Woman in their track Pretty Woman. The decision establishes that a commercial parody can qualify as fair use, and is not an infringement of copyright.
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.
Whitney Houston 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.
It is reported that a local council in Rockdale, Sydney, Australia, Oceania, is about begin a trial period of playing songs by Barry Manilow - including Mandy and Copacabana - in a car park in the suburb of Brighton-le-Sands in an effort to discourage the presence of young people who have been hanging around revving their engines and generally annoying residents.
Following the recent banning of Pete Doherty's band Babyshambles from headlining the Moonfest Festival in Westbury, Wiltshire, UK, this year's event is cancelled by the organisers.
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."
It is reported that more than twenty unlicensed music download sites in China, Asia, have been shut down, as the Chinese government ramps up its anti-piracy activities.
It is reported that the hit internet video Newport State of Mind, which spoofed the Alicia Keys/Jaz-Z collaboration New York State of Mind, has been removed from YouTube after EMI Music took action over copyright transgression. Newport State Of Mind, performed by rapper Alex Warren and singer Terema Wainwright, racked up 2m hits in two weeks.
Johnny Marr, best-known as the former guitarist of The Smiths, is banned from driving for 56 days and fined £535. The sentence stems from an incident in April 2011 when he was caught driving at 72mph in a 40mph zone in South Manchester, UK.
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.
It is revealed that the reason why Eminem was banned from performing at the 2014 British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, was that his lyrics were deemed "offensive" and "unsuitable" by Royal Parks, the organisation responsible for the park.
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.
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