Censorship in Music
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This paper discusses the topic of censorship in American music and, specifically, it names some groups or bands that were subject to censorship during their careers and the ways were they censored. It also looks at song lyrics that were "bleeped out" or otherwise edited and warning labels on recordings. It explores how American music has existed since the 19th century and has grown tremendously since the advent of rap, hip-hop, and rock and roll, and how censorship may seem logical because of the escalating number of violent and hateful lyrics in popular music. It also debates whether this kind of censorship makes a mockery of our Constitution, which guarantees our right to free speech and our right to disagree.
From the Paper:"Music censorship is an ongoing trial for musicians and composers in America, partly because music is such an integral part of our lives. As one expert wrote, "Music, patterns of organized sound and silence in time, is important to people, evidenced by the presence of some form of music in virtually every culture. Not every person cares about any one particular piece of music, but almost every person cares about something musical" (Bindas xi). While much attention has been given to the censorship of music in the past decade, in fact, musical censorship has a long history in America."
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