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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.
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."
The Washington Post reports that "Residents of Chevy Chase are up in arms over the dances that are being practiced at an amusement park, and it comes from a well known source that a movement will be started to suppress the outrage, as it is termed, by residents of that section. The dance in question originated at a suburban resort and is officially known as the Chevy Chase Glide." The dance had been introduced at Chevy Chase Lake resort to appease customers annoyed by the resort's recent ban on "freak dancing", which included The Bunny Wiggle, The Grizzly Hug and other "animal dances" often associated with ragtime and jazz music.
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.
Noel Coward records his ironic song Don't Let's Be Beastly To The Germans for HMV Records in London, England, UK, Europe. The song will become a personal favourit of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill who, according to Coward, asked him to play it seven times in one evening. Nevertheless, after listeners who didn't perceive the irony wrote to the BBC complaining that the song was pro-German, it was banned from airplay. (The Germans, however, got the point, and placed Coward on a list of Britons to be assassinated in the event of an invasion). After the War, Coward will explain that he had written the song "as a satire directed against a small minority of excessive humanitarians who, in my opinion, were taking a rather too tolerant view of our enemies".
Hank Williams records his original demo of There's A Tear In My Beer, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, but his record company, Mercury Records, refuses to let him release the song because of his already tarnished image as an alcoholic.
Staff Sergeant Matthew McKeon, an instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, USA, marches his platoon into Ribbon Creek, a swampy tidal creek. This action results in the deaths of six US Marine Corps recruits. McKeon will be found guilty of acting while under the influence of alcohol. The action will become known as The Ribbon Creek Incident, and will inspire Pete Seeger to write the song Waist Deep In The Big Muddy in 1967. It will come to be seen as a thinly veiled criticism of American actions during the Vietnam War, and will face censorship as a result.
When The Everly Brothers perform their upcoming single, Wake Up Little Susie, on CBS-tv's Ed Sullivan Show in the USA, it causes a storm of protest because it is assumed that the young lovers in the song must have "spent the night together." As a result, the song will be banned in some markets. [censorship]
Folk musician Pete Seeger, under indictment for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, states to a press conference in New York City, USA, that he will continue to refuse "to answer questions as to my associations, my philosophy or religious beliefs, or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs."
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On learning that tonight's dance concert at Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia, USA, is to be segregated [whites on the dance floor, blacks in the balcony] headiner Ray Charles announces that he will not be performing and immediately leaves town. He will be sued, taken to court and fined $757.
Teen dance craze The Twist is banned by Bishop Burke of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, USA, who decrees that it must not be danced, sung about or listened to at any Catholic school, parish or youth organisation.
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Russian newspaper Komsomolskaia Pravda reports that, "Dozens of cases are known in which possessed dancers of rock'n'roll and The Twist, obsessed and infuriated, have demolished the buildings where they were gathered, have broken windows and chairs and, out in the streets, have staged riots."
Music trade magazine Billboard in the USA reports that juke boxes have been banned in Bangkok, Asia.
It is reported that civil rights activist Lena Horne's latest single, Now, is not being played by some radio stations in Philadelphia, USA, because it is deemed "too controversial". In essence, the song questions the morality of contemporary racial attitudes in the USA.
In the wake of allegations that The Kingsmen's hit single Louie, Louie, includes pornographic lyrics, the FBI reports that it cannot accurately decipher the lyrics of the song.
P.J. Proby's new UK single, I Apologise, enters the chart – the title widely perceived as a reference to the trouser-splitting incidents which recently caused him to be banned from performing.
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Still in disgrace after his recent on-stage trouser-splitting scandal, P.J. Proby is ordered off the stage during a show in The Municipal Ballroom, Hereford, UK.
After arriving too late for rehearsals, The Yardbirds are banned from appearing on UK tv show Thank Your Lucky Stars. Meanwhile, promoter Ricky Farr reveals that he is refusing to book the group into fifty clubs following their failure to turn up for a date in Southampton.
Manfred Mann are banned from singing their current UK hit, a version of Bob Dylan's If You Gotta Go, Go Now, on the BBC tv show Crackerjack. The show's producer describes the song as "unsuitable".
Massachusetts Supreme Court concludes that the principal of Attleboro High School in Massachusetts, USA, was right to ban student George Leonard from attending school because of the length of his hair. The Court decrees, "We are of the opinion that the unusual hair style of the plaintiff could disrupt and impede the maintenance of a proper classroom atmosphere or decorum. This is an aspect of personal appearance and hence akin to matters of dress. Thus as with any unusual, immodest or exaggerated mode of dress, conspicuous departures from accepted customs in the matter of haircuts could result in the distraction of other pupils." Leonard will not go back to high school, but will continue as a professional musician with his band The Cry Babies.
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.
The South Vietnamese government bans the anti-war songs of local writer Trinh Cong Son, who admits to being influenced by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour tv show in the USA features folk diva Joan Baez who dedicates the song The Green, Green Grass Of Home to her husband David Harris, currently serving time in jail as a draft resistor. The CBS network had prevented transmission of the show earlier in the month.
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.
Jefferson Airplane are fined $1000 for obscenity after singer Grace Slick utters the word "F**k." on stage at The Municipal Auditorium, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. One observer recalled, "Almost immediately the lights went out. The lights were soon back on and the stage was swarming with police and their dogs."
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 Sex Pistols start another UK Tour at The Lafayette, Wolverhampton, under the pseudonym The Spots, hoping to avoid council censorship.
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.
Tonight's UK debut concert by American shock-rockers The Plasmatics at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe, is cancelled by the Greater London Council (GLC), who are alarmed by the band's tendency to blow up cars on stage.
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.
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.
British police raid the offices of WXYZ Records, Pinnacle Distribution, Faulty Products and Rough Trade Records to seize copies of the single Streets Of London/So What by the Anti-Nowhere League. "Offensive language" on the b-side has been deemed to be in contravention of the Obscene Publications Act.
Press adverts for the Frankie Goes To Hollywood single Welcome To The Pleasuredome include references to the Marquis De Sade. This will result in a mini-scandal when UK tabloids including The Sunday People take the band to task because of DeSade's preference for including violence as part of sexual activity.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood reach No1 in the UK pop singles chart with Relax, the banned song that launched a million t-shirts.
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."
Seth Putnam founds the outrageous grindcore band Anal C*nt, which then sets out - with considerable success - to shock and offend as many listeners as possible.
Lucasfilm Ltd. files a $300m federal trademark infringement lawsuit against 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell, who has been performing under the name Luke Skyywalker. Lucasfilm believes that, despite the two Ys, the name is too similar to their Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.
Madonna's Blonde Ambition tour plays the last of three nights at The Skydome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The local police, mindful of complaints of lewdness, ‘review’ the show.
Florida District Court judge Jose Gonzalez rules that 2 Live Crew's album As Nasty As They Wanna Be is obscene and illegal to sell in the USA.
It is reported that sales of the LP Banned In The USA by Luther Campbell, leader of 2 Live Crew, have been "brisk" across the USA despite a ban by major retail chain Sam Goody's.
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.
On their The X Factour Tour, Iron Maiden play in South Africa for the first time with a show at The Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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It is reported that the music retail chain HMV Canada has removed all Alanis Morissette product from its shelves because the singer-songwriter has lately struck an exclusive deal allowing the Starbucks Coffee chain to sell her new CD Jagged Little Pill Acoustic.
In West London Magistrates' Court, Lisa Maffia of So Solid Crew is banned from driving for one year and fined $233 (
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."
Aziz Daki, artistic director of the imminent Mawazine festival in Rabat, Morocco, Africa, rejects calls from The Islamist Justice and Development Party for a ban on Elton John playing at the festival. The opposition party had claimed that the star's appearance would pose "a risk of encouraging homosexuality in Morocco."
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.
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.
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."
Sir Elton John criticises the censorship in Russia of scenes portraying kissing and sex between men in the new film about his life, Rocketman.
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