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Censorship

When Sousa And His Band play in Poughkeepsie, New York State, USA, Sousa is hoping that his daughter, Jane Priscilla, who attends nearby Vassar College, will attend the show. Unfortunately, Vassar's lady principal has banned students from attending the theatre.
"Wilson Banned Ball Fearing Turkey Trot," is a headline story in today's New York Times. According to the report, the Inaugural Committee was told that the president-elect (Woodrow Wilson) wants to cancel the usual Inaugural Ball because he fears "there would be indulgence in the turkey trot, the bunny hug and other ragtime dances and thus provoke what might amount to a National scandal." The paper reports that the committee agreed to scrap the soiree.
The Pittsburgh Daily Post reports that The Western Pennsylvania Canoe association has banned 'animal' dances — including the Kangaroo Dip and Sloth Squeeze — from its social gatherings. This is part of ongoing national attempts to ban such dances, usually performed to ragtime or jazz music.
Mrs Rose Thomas, a delegate attending the National Federation Of Music Clubs meeting in The Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA, declares, "Ragtime and cheap popular songs should have no place on public concert programs. I do not mean that the symphonies should be played but that a better class of melodious light composition ought to be given in parks."
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 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.
Bill Haley and His Comets are recording a cleaned-up version of Big Joe Turner's Shake, Rattle And Roll. Haley tells a reporter, "We steer clear of anything suggestive". (censorship)
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)
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."
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)
UK pop weekly Melody Maker reports that the BBC has banned rock group Nero And The Gladiators from performing their rock'n'roll version of Grieg's classical music melody In The Hall Of The Mountain King on British radio.
Having been banned by many radio and TV stations in the USA, Lena Horne's racial integration plea, Now, is released in the UK. The BBC and ITV both decide not to ban it.
The government of Indonesia bans Beatles-styled haircuts. The Beatles are regarded as ambassadors of Western Decadence and improper moral values.
The Rolling Stones are punished for turning up late to two BBC radio shows, Top Gear and Saturday Club. The Corporation bans them from live shows. "If the BBC are upset," fumes rebel youth Mick Jagger, "we're sorry. We don't want anyone to be upset with us. If necessary, we will apologise."
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The performing ban on UK-based trouser-splitting pop vocalist P.J. Proby is extended to all BBC tv shows.
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).
The Dominators, The Motions and The Banned play at The Town Hall, Stourbridge, England, UK. Lead vocalist with The Banned is young Robert Plant, later to find global fame with Led Zeppelin.
The Smoke enter the UK singles chart with My Friend Jack, but a BBC ban quickly comes into effect because of the song's LSD-related lyric, and it never rises above No45.
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.
Yippie activists, including Abbie Hoffman, take over the stage during a Phil Ochs concert in Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA. When Hoffman shouts, 'F*ck Lyndon Johnson, f*ck Robert Kennedy and f*ck you too if you don't like it,' the management shuts off the electricity, plunging the hall into darkness.
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.
The Move record Wild Tiger Woman, in Olympic Studios, London, England, UK, Europe, for Regal Zonophone Records. The lyric includes the line "tied to the bed, she's waiting to be fed", which will cause the single to be banned from BBC Radio 1.
Patrons of The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, fight back when police raid the bar, sparking riots which last through the weekend. The 1978 song Long Hot Summer by The Tom Robinson Band will be inspired by the Stonewall Riot.
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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Scorpions release a new LP, Virgin Killer, in Europe. The album's cover, featuring a naked young girl, will set in train a controversy in 2008 when when the British Internet Watch Foundation questions whether it might be "potentially illegal" under the Protection of Children Act 1978. Following significant public debate, attempts to have the album banned from appearing on Wikipedia are abandoned.
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The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England, UK, is arrested for displaying the LP Never Mind The Bollocks by The Sex Pistols.
The EMI pressing plant in the UK stops printing the album cover for The Rolling Stones' Some Girls after complaints from some celebrities, including Raquel Welch and Lucille Ball, who have been depicted without their permission in the cover's mock-wig advertisement.
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Ahmet Ertegun, President of Atlantic Records, recommends that the controversial Rolling Stones' song Some Girls should be re-edited, to remove racist and sexist lyrics in the song.
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A Human League gig at Notre Dame Hall, Leicester Square, London, England, UK, Europe, is cancelled when the vicar of the neighbouring church objects on moral grounds.
Pink Floyd's album The Wall is declared to be "prejudicial to the safety of South Africa" by that country's ruling apartheid government.
When punk band The Cockney Rejects appear on British tv show Top of the Pops, after miming their way through their hit version of the West Ham football team theme, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles, the band runs wild in the BBC's Broadcasting House and are, as a result, banned from performing on the show again.
The BBC in London, England, UK, Europe, announces a ban on playing the single Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
Twisted Sister release a new single, We're Not Gonna Take It, in the USA. It will peak at No21 on the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart, but will achieve greater notoriety when selected for inclusion on the Parents Music Resource Center [PMRC]'s Filthy Fifteen list in 1985. It will thus become one of the most pivotal songs in the history of music censorship, and will be hotly debated in the US Senate.
UK music paper Melody Maker reveals that the lyric of The Smiths' song Suffer Little Children, which refers to the grisly Moors Murders case, has resulted in a ban on their recordings in some UK shops.
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 Parents Music Resource Center [PMRC] petitions the music business to introduce a rating system to warn buyers about violent or sexually explicit lyrics.
During a crackdown an jazz musicians in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Europe, jazz journalist Vlasimil Marek is arrested on a charge of "damaging the interests of the Republic abroad."
Wally Heider, owner of a legendary Californian recording studio, dies of lung cancer aged 66, in Santa Clarita, California, USA.
Standing On A Beach – The Singles by The Cure is certified as a platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA, The album had, however, hit problems because of the track Killing An Arab, which was removed from airplay.
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In Miami, Florida, USA, Judge Mell Grossman rules in favour of Sheriff Nick Navarro who has proposed that the 2 Live Crew LP As Nasty As They Wanna Be should be ruled as obscene. Much of Navarro's argument is based on a recent Mimai Herald newspaper review which states that, "Many of 2 Live Crew's lyrics are so filled with hard-core sexual, sadistic and masochistic material that they could not be printed here, even in censored form."
Sebastian Bach, lead singer of New Jersey band Skid Row, is arrested in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, after a concert for using profane language, "thrusting his pelvis toward the crowd" and having "grasped his groin".
Rapper Luther Campbell, whose group 2 Live Crew is facing record store bans because of obscene lyrics, announces that the music industry has failed to come to his aid. He declares, "When the stores say they're going to take my albums out, the record companies should say, ‘OK, then you're not going to get the next Michael Jackson or Madonna record'.
American rapper Luther Campbell (of 2 Live Crew fame) files for bankruptcy in Miami, Florida, after losing a $1.6 million court case against fellow rapper MC Shy D for allegedly cheating him out of royalties.
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 Lady Gaga's video for her current single, Love Game, has been banned by Australia's Channel 10 tv show Video Hits.
When Guns N'Roses play at The O2 Arena, London, UK, it is learned that frontman Axl Rose has banned fans attending the show from wearing t-shirts featuring the band's former guitarist Slash.
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.
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