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Censorship

The Christian Science Board of Directors writes to Mary Baker Eddy (founder of Christian Science) stating, "We would like to hear the words of your beautiful poems, The Mother's Evening Prayer and The Communion Hymn sung in our Church again and we think many of our congregation would appreciate the privilege." Prior to this, Eddy's hymns had stopped being sung because, in Eddy's words, "the music set to them offended certain members of the church."
Eugene Hadamosky, radio program director in the Propaganda Ministry of Nazi-controlled Germany, Europe, declares, "As of today nigger jazz is finally switched off on the German radio." With these words, jazz and swing music are banned in Germany, with the threat of incarceration in a concentration camp for anyone violating the ban.
The American Federation Of Musicians initiates another ban on the recording of music.
It is reported that the Orchestra Los Chavales De Espana has been ordered to leave Cuba, Caribbean, because they are not members of the island's musicians union. The band has been playing radio and live shows in Cuba for two years.
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In one of the most outrageous examples of musical censorship on erotic grounds, the BBC in London, England, UK, Europe, bans the latest Johnnie Ray single, Such A Night, from airplay, while it is already at No1 in the singles chart. The song, whose lyric is no more suggestive than many of the era, had been a hit in the USA for The Drifters earlier in the year, and would be a hit again for Elvis Presley in 1964 but, for reasons which have never been adequately explained Johnnie Ray [an undisclosed homosexual] suffered the ban.
Clyde McPhatter And The Drifters reach No1 in the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA, with Honey Love despite having been banned by several stations, including Memphis radio WDIA, for having 'overtly sexual' lyrics.
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]
Mark Dinning records the novelty pop song Top Forty, News, Weather And Sports in New York City, USA, for MGM Records. The song will become controversial because it mentions Congolese Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, who will be assassinated soon after release of the record. As a result, records are withdrawn from shops and replaced with a new version with a more acceptable lyric.
It is reported in US trade magazine Billboard that The Bulgarian Ministry Of Internal Trade has banned the import of American discs and sheet music in English to Bulgaria, Europe.
Britain's national radio and television network The BBC (British Boradcasting Corporation) slaps a ban on novelty horror disc Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers.
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.
An article in today's edition of music trade publication Billboard in the USA quotes several radio station managers in New York and Chicago saying they would not play the song In The Summer Of His Years - a tribute to the recently assassinated US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy - because they felt it would be "in poor taste to capitalize on a such a tragic situation".
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 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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Despite (or, arguably, because of) being banned by some radio stations, Louie Louie by The Kingsmen peaks at No2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA. It is held off the top spot by The Singing Nun with Dominique.
Teen-oriented pop magazine KRLA Beat in Los Angeles, California, USA, runs a feature about difficulties faced by teenage schoolchildren in the USA, who are facing bans because of long hair worn by boys and/or short skirts worn by girls.
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.
Sonny And Cher are barred from the Tournament Of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, USA, because they had recently expressed support for teenage rioters on Sunset Strip.
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.
When Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich appear on tv in Bremen, Germany, Europe, singer Dave Dee is prevented from wearing his jackboots or carrying his whip during the performance, because of their unfortunate Nazi associations.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience release their third album, Electric Ladyland, in the USA. The album's original UK cover, featuring several naked women, is changed to something less controversial for release in the USA.
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The rock musical Hair (which includes a scene with a fully nude cast) has its British premiere at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe. (N.B. This was made possible because censorship of plays was abolished in the UK by the Theatres Act 1968, which was approved on July 26) The cast includes Marsha Hunt, Paul Nicholas, Sonja Kristina and Jimmy Winston.
The Rolling Stones give in to pressure from Decca Records to change the sleeve for their seventh album, Beggars Banquet. What had been a toilet wall scrawled with graffiti becomes a tasteful cream sleeve bearing almost no imagery at all. @RollingStones
When Chuck Berry and The Who perform on the final night of the Pop Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, the audience storms the stage. As a result, rock music is banned at the prestigious venue. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones attends the concert with Marianne Faithfull. (Also on the bill is Bodast).
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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."
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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When Jethro Tull play at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, Colorado, USA, a riot erupts and police respond by firing tear gas canisters into the audience. 28 people have to be hospitalised and rock music is banned at the venue for the next four years.
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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A mother, wearing a traditional white headscarf, goes to the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, to hand in a letter to the country's military leader, Videla, asking about her 'disappeared' son. She is sent away but, moments later, she links arms with another woman and begins walking in silence around the square. Eventually, a small group of women are walking round the square in pairs. At the time, a government order banned assemblies of more than three people so, by walking in pairs, they could not be broken up by police. Every Thursday since that day the Mothers of The Disappeared have walked around Plaza de Mayo carrying photographs of their lost loved ones. The white headscarf, worn on that April day 35 years ago, became the symbol of the unity of the group. The songs They Dance Alone by Sting and Mothers Of The Disappeared by U2 are about this protest.
The Sex Pistols start another British Tour at The Lafayette, Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe, under the pseudonym The S.P.O.T.S (an acronym for Sex Pistols On Tour Secretly), hoping to avoid council censorship.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at The Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Rush are on the same bill, but Van Halen are banned from attending Rush's performance because of a falling out a year earlier.
Billboard magazine reports that Mike Love of The Beach Boys has donated $5,000 to music censorship pressure group the PMRC [Parents Music Resource Center] headed by Tipper Gore.
America's Spin magazine, set up two years earlier by Penthouse boss Bob Guccione, as a rival to Rolling Stone, ceases publication, having been hit by bans in major retail outlets related to the publication's 'explicit sexual content'.
Tommy Lee, drummer for Motley Crue, is arrested for dropping his pants and baring his bottom at the Augusta- Richmond County Civic Center in Augusta, Georgia, USA. The gesture is the standard capper to his extended drum solo. (Lee will forfeit his $1,600 bail when he fails to make his court date.)
It is announced that 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell has paid filmmaker George Lucas more than $300,000 in an out-of-court settlement, and has also agreed to stop using the name Luke Skyywalker. Some months earlier, Lucasfilm Ltd. had filed a $300m federal trademark infringement lawsuit against Campbell, who had been performing under the name Luke Skyywalker. Lucasfilm asserted that despite the two Ys, the name was too similar to their Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.
Madonna's Justify My Love video, recently banned by MTV, is aired in full on ABC-tv's Nightline.
After coming under intense fire for the explicit lyrics of rap artists on the Interscope Records label, Time Warner agrees to sell back its 50% share in the company.
When KISS play at The Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany, Europe, on their Psycho Circus Tour, the local fire marshal bans the use of any pyrotechnics. At the end of the show, however, KISS sets off the entire concert's worth of pyro all at once. As a consequence, KISS are banned from playing Bremen again.
Radio stations in the USA begin dropping Dixie Chicks tracks from their playlists because vocalist Natalie Maines recently stated that the group was ashamed of coming from the same state as President George Bush.
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Following pressure from Sony Records, today’s edition of music trade magazine Billboard in the USA does not include a planned anti-fur advertisement which directly attacked Sony artist Jennifer Lopez for wearing fur clothing, and for marketing fur in her Sweetface fashion line.
15-year-old student Cole Goforth is sent home from Greenbrier High School, White House, Tennessee, USA, for wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Lady Gaga inspired slogan, 'I Heart Lady Gay Gay'.
The Islamist Justice and Development Party calls for a ban on Elton John playing at the imminent Mawazine festival in Rabat, Morocco, Africa, arguing that his appearance would pose "a risk of encouraging homosexuality in Morocco."
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.'
Feminist punk band Pussy Riot, being held in jail in Moscow, Russia, Europe, because of their recent protest gig against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at Moscow's Christ The Savior Cathedral, have their pre-trial detention extended by another six months.
It is reported that organisers of the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, USA, have dropped R. Kelly from the line-up, in response to protests from musicians and local people.
It is announced that a group of Iranian youths who posted a video of themselves dancing to the Pharrell Williams hit Happy have been sentenced to up to a year in jail and 91 lashes.
Songwriter Eric Bogle, professes himself to be unhappy with a recent version by Joss Stone and Jeff Beck of his song No Man's Land (Green Fields Of France), which has been chosen as this year’s official Poppy Appeal single.
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.
Grime rapper Wiley is dropped by his management company, A-List Management, and temporarily banned from posting on Twitter after he makes a series of social media posts widely considered to be antisemitic. The police are also reported to be investigating the posts after being asked to do so by the Campaign Against Antisemitism.
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