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Censorship

A United Press syndicated feature reports that four girls in San Francisco, California, USA, were recently asked to dance the Bunny Hug in front of a local censor board. As a result, the board deemed the dance too risqué and banned it at dances - along with the Grizzly Bear and the Texas Tommy.
A poem is published in The Tacoma Times, Washington State, USA, stating, "When you're in Walla Walla, friends, / You must not 'bunny hug' /Or 'turkey trot,' or likeas not, / They'll slam you in the jug; / And, girls, don't romp with 'Texas Tom'; / To do so's taking chances, / For the cops have put the kibosh on / Those naughty, naughty dances." The poem is a reference to legal action being taken over the popularity of 'animal' dances such as The Bunny Hug and Turkey Trot, usually performed to ragtime or jazz music.
Variety stars Ross And Sargent, a comic duo, record Nellie The Nudist Queen for Columbia Records in London, UK. The song will be banned from broadcast on BBC radio. [censorship]
The American Federation Of Musicians lifts its recording ban, which has been in place since January.
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.
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)
The BBC in London bans Johnnie Ray's cover version of The Drifters' song Such A Night, deeming it too suggestive.
Mambo Italiano, a hit by Rosemary Clooney, is banned by ABC radio and TV in the USA because of its suggestive lyrics. [censorship]
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."
A protest meeting takes place in Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand, Oceania, against an upcoming international rugby test match between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa because South Africa has banned Maoris from playing in the New Zealand team. This racist action inspires New Zealand's all-Maori Howard Morrison Quartet to write and record the sardonic protest song, My Old Man's An All Black (based on the Lonnie Donegan hit My Old Man's A Dustman).
UK pop paper Melody Maker reports that the British Musicians Union has banned its members from performing in South Africa because of that country's apartheid policy. [censorship]
Luther Campbell, manager/promoter and member of controversial 90s rap recording stars 2 Live Crew is born in Miami, Florida, USA.
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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Wholesome British balladeer Craig Douglas is in trouble because his cover version of Gene McDaniels' American hit 100 Pounds Of Clay is banned by the BBC for blasphemy. The lyric suggests that God might have created woman out of building materials. Douglas will re-record it with new words.
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."
The BBC in the UK bans the US hit single Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett for being 'offensive'.
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 Missing Links play at Sydney Univerity Theatre, Sydney, Australia, in a benefit concert to support the OZ underground magazine team which is facing jail sentences on charges of obscenity.
FBI agents pay a visit to Wand Records in New York City, USA during their ongoing investigations into allegations of obscenity in the lyrics to the song Louie Louie by The Kingsmen.
A newly-recorded live version of Fulsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, but sales will fall away sharply two weeks later, after the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy causes radio stations to drop the single from playlists because of the line, "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die."
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.
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.
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.
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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The Rolling Stones issue a statement to the press, apologising for the offensive and discriminatory lyrics of their song Some Girls. Many observers perceive the apology as a cynical attempt to crawl out of responsibility for lyrics that were blatantly mysogynistic and racist.
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UK tv show Top Of The Pops features live appearances by Squeeze, Kate Bush, The Real Thing, The Buzzcocks, Dennis Brown and Sham 69. Squeeze are obliged to change the sexually-suggestive lyrics of their hit Cool For Cats which are considered too risque for early evening tv broadcast.
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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.
In China, the People's Music Press publishes a guide entitled, How To Distinguish Decadent Music, singling out Elvis Presley as an example of the 'expression of confused, blind, excitement' and directing right-thinking Chinese folks towards such wholesome home-grown songs as The Nightsoil Collectors Are Descending The Mountain.
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. [censorship]
District Attorney Joe Baugh of Tennessee, USA, rules that rap group N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton and 2 Live Crew's As Nasty as They Wanna Be both violate the obscenity laws applicable in that state.
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Tommy Hammond, co-owner of Taking Home The Hits music store in Alexander City, Alabama, USA, is fined $500 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.
Wally Heider, owner of a legendary Californian recording studio, dies of lung cancer aged 66, in Santa Clarita, California, USA.
Ten thousand dance music fans attend a Freedom To Party demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London, UK, to protest against new legislation aimed at banning raves.
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".
BBC Radio 1 in the UK publicly apologises for having recently played the album version of Creep by Radiohead. The album version includes expletives which are not present on the single.
Pop Will Eat Itself are banned from Irish TV's Late Late Show after abusing former Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren in the hospitality suite and trashing a drum kit live on air.
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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Claiming that his right to free speech has been trampled, rapper Dr. Dre begins $25m worth of legal actions against the City Of Detroit, Michigan, USA, two police officers and the town mayor's secretary. Dre's action relates to a ban on him showing an eight-minute video during his concert at the city's Joe Louis Arena.
Merle Haggard issues a press release in support of the Dixie Chicks, stating, "I don't even know the Dixie Chicks, but I find it an insult for all the men and women who fought and died in past wars when almost the majority of America jumped down their throats for voicing an opinion. It was like a verbal witch-hunt and lynching." (Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks had made critical comments about United States President George W. Bush and the current situation in Iraq.)
The Greek Orthodox Church urges organisers of a Slipknot concert at The Lycabettus Theatre, Athens, Greece, Europe, to cancel the show, accusing the group of promoting Satanism.
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.
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.
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.
Baton-wielding police break up the 'Street Punk' charity concert at the Cultural Park, Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia, Asia. Sixty-four punk rock fans are arrested and subsequently taken to the Aceh State Police School for 're-education.'
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.
UK radio station BBC Radio 1 announces a ban on playing Candy, the new single by Robbie Williams, on the grounds that Williams' music is 'irrelvant to their listeners'.
It is confirmed that the video for Katy Perry's latest single, Dark Horse, has been edited following an online petition signed by 65,000 people claiming that it was blasphemous.
22 year-old Matthew de Grood stabs five university students to death at a house party in Calgary, Canada. It is later revealed that he posted lyrics by Megadeth on his Facebook page shortly before carrying out his killing spree. The lyrics in question are "Dread and the fugitive mind - the world needs a hero".
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."
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