Eric Nuzum ’Singing in the Echo Chamber’ Music censorship in the U.S. after September 11
Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2005 ISSN 1601-2127
Soon after the 9/11 attacks, the discussion concerning the long-term impact on free expression and personal privacy became heated and intense.
Musicians have participated (directly and indirectly) in the public discourse, both through word and song. As a result of their outspoken actions, many musicians have experienced strong resistance, sometimes resulting in censorship.
The new Freemuse report Singing in the Echo Chamber written by Eric Nuzum, author of Parental Advisory, documents this chapter of modern American history.
Report supplement: ‘Is censorship in the “Axis of Good” good?’
Freemuse has asked two renowned scholars cum musicians, Professor Reebee Garofalo and Associate Professor Mark LeVine, some of the complex questions that Eric Nuzum’s report raises. If censorship in the “Axis of Evil” is evil, does censorship in the “Axis of Good” then spring out of good intentions?
Since publication, the following errors have been identified in the printed version of the report. We regret their inclusion and have corrected them in the pdf version of the report (which can be downloaded from the link above). We will also correct them in any future editions of Singing in the Echo Chamber.
On page 6, Eric Nuzum’s book ‘Parental Advisory’ was published in 2001, not 2004.
On page 31, the song “John Walker Blues” was released in 2002, not 2004.
On page 31, articles in the Wall Street Journal and New York Post began the controversy over the song “John Walker Blues,” the articles themselves did not call for the song’s censorship.