• Listen to forbidden female voices

    » To listen, go to play.spotify.com   MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2017 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST – IN CELEBRATION AND PROTECTION OF WOMEN’S VOICES Did you know that… Women are banned from singing in public in some countries? Women cannot attend a concert in some places? The music industry is still unequal? This is why Freemuse is focusing […]
  • Joint statement regarding the impact of the U.S. immigration ban on artistic freedom

    National and International Cultural and Human Rights Organisations Denounce Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration On 7 February 2017, more than thirty cultural institutions and human rights organisations around the world, including international arts, curators’ and critics’ associations, organizations protecting free speech rights, as well as U.S.-based performance, arts and creative freedom organisations and alliances, issued […]
  • USA: Artists arrested, banned, receive death threats related to Trump actions

    Italian opera tenor Andrea Bocelli and US singer Jennifer Holliday both backed out from performing at the US presidential inauguration of Donald Trump just days before the event revealing they received death threats if they went ahead with their performances, reported Daily Mail on 15 January 2017. “They were saying I should kill myself or […]
  • USA: Rapper sues city, police over “unlawful” arrest for rap lyrics

    Rapper Tiny Doo (real name: Brandon Duncan) filed a lawsuit against the city of San Diego and two police officers on 10 January 2017 for what he claims was his unlawful arrest in July 2014 on gang conspiracy charges.    The charges were based on rap lyrics about shootings and gang activity featured on Tiny […]
  • USA: Christian music festival drops band due to gay singer

    Christian band Everyday Sunday was dropped from northern California Christian music festival Joshua Fest as 11 production staff threatened to walk out if the recently out lead singer of the band, Trey Pearson, took the stage, reported Billboard on 12 September 2016. Joshua Fest owner Aaron Diello said that his production manager told him that out […]
  • USA: Schools reverse radio station ban on buses

    Portland Public Schools in the capital of US western state Oregon have gone back on their ban of particular radio stations on public school buses, which included radio stations playing rap music, reported Oregon Live on 30 August 2016. A memo sent out by director of student transportation Teri Brady on 9 March 2016 listed […]
  • USA: Anti-Donald Trump song censored

    US presidential nominee Donald Trump and the secret service demanded changes be made to two songs by rapper YG on his latest album released in June 2016 for anti-Trump lyrics, reported entertainment news outlet Vulture on 16 June 2016. The two censored songs – ‘FDT’ (an abbreviation for Fuck Donald Trump) and ‘Blacks and Browns’ […]
  • USA: Rapper sent back to prison for allegedly threatening attorney in song

    Rapper and alleged gang member Sean Chung, who was out on bail for murder conspiracy and gun charges, was sent back to prison on 22 February 2016 for a song he posted on YouTube in November 2015 in which he allegedly threatened a Queens, New York district attorney, reported New York Daily News on 7 […]
  • USA/Algeria: Heavy metal music keeps stirring up controversy

    Heavy metal bands continue to face bans and controversies around the world. In the United States, two scheduled concerts with an Australian deathcore group have been cancelled. In Algeria, heavy metal fans have been accused of Satanism in a tv programme, causing an uproar in social media. Whenever and wherever heavy metal has appeared on […]
  • USA: Freedom of expression violated when concert was shut down

    Chicago rapper Chief Keef was to appear via hologram from California in a concert in a public park in Hammond, Indiana, on 25 July 2015, but police officers shut down the concert because they were concerned that the hologram would pose a threat to public safety. Chief Keef appeared via hologram on stage, but within […]
  • USA: Rapper censored at Billboard Music Awards

    When Kanye West closed the Billboard Music Awards on 16 May 2015 ABC censored more than a minute of the rapper’s performance, leaving some viewers to wonder if the sound had cut out. Kanye West was onstage for 5 minutes and 18 seconds, though sound was only available to home viewers for 4 minutes and […]
  • USA: Thousands of protest songs hidden out of fear of retribution

    Out of fear of retribution many American protest musicians hid perhaps thousands of protest songs in plain sight: on the B-sides of the small 45 rpm records that were then commonly used to distribute singles in the era of the civil rights protest movement in the 1960s and 1970s. “Many of the gospel artists, we […]
  • USA: Musical about fight for freedom of speech

    In Houston, USA, a new musical about ‘letter censorship’, asking freedom of speech questions, premiered on 7 April 2015. “Audiences should find the show thought-provoking,” said one of the musical actors, Jason Gotay. “It really makes you ask some big questions about what would happen if you lose that freedom of speech.” ‘LMNOP – A […]
  • USA: Country stations ban song for promoting gay agenda

    The country song ‘Girl Crush’ by Little Big Town has been banned by some American country stations after listeners complained it ‘promotes the gay agenda’. This despite the fact that the song is about wanting back an ex, and just includes lyrics detailing the attractiveness of his new girlfriend. The group has now filmed a […]
  • USA: Hip-hop artist prosecuted for rapping about shootings

    The rapper Tiny Doo was charged with “criminal street gang conspiracy” over a music album, ‘No Safety’, reflecting gang culture. Tiny Doo (real name: Brandon Duncan) has no criminal record and says he has no knowledge of the crimes, which involved several shootings in San Diego from May 2013 to February 2014. But the district […]
  • USA: Police wrongfully arrests subway musicians

    Contradictions in New York law have caused numerous musicians to be wrongfully arrested. And the problem is only getting worse, according to an article in Rolling Stone magazine. In October 2014, a YouTube video showing the arrest of 30-year-old subway musician Andrew Kalleen for performing in a New York City subway went viral, receiving more […]
  • US fails to protect the human right to read, says report

    In a submission to the UN Freemuse and NCAC document violations of freedom of information and expression in public schools, jails, and prisons in the USA. In a new report to the United Nations assessing the United States’ compliance with its human rights obligations, Freemuse and USA based NCAC, the National Coalition Against Censorship, argue […]
  • USA: High school marching band’s playlist censored

    A high school marching band in central Pennsylvania can’t perform hit songs by Bruno Mars and Fall Out Boy because of their suggestive lyrics. A Lancaster County school board this week stood behind an administrative decision to remove two Top 40 hits from its high school marching band’s upcoming repertoire because of suggestive lyrics. Garden […]
  • USA: Opera transmission cancelled over antisemitism concerns

    A live transmission of ENO and the Metropolitan Opera’s production of the opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ has been cancelled over concerns about its ‘appropriateness at this time of rising antisemitism’. Freemuse joins the international joint statement: Nat’l and International Organizations Warn That Cancelling ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Screenings Endangers Creative Freedom, Undermines Institution’s Credibility NEW […]
  • USA: Open letter against censorship of hip-hop artists in Portland

    In an open lettert to Portland’s music community, Casey Jarman, managing editor of The Believer, former music editor of Willamette Weeks and co-founder of Party Damage Records, speaks out against what he calls “a systematic attempt to silence local hip-hop artists.” » Source:  www.wweek.com » See also: Hip-Hop Stopped The tension between Portland rap artists and police […]
  • USA: Freemuse Award winner Pete Seeger dies at 94

    A flower has gone “His songs are a catalogue of social activism of the 20th century,” said Freemuse Director Ole Reitov receiving the news of the death of Pete Seeger, who in 2009 received the Freemuse Award. “Pete Seeger’s voice has been one which has constantly been on the side of the oppressed and which […]
  • USA: Musician’s instruments confiscated and destroyed in airport

    Flute player Boujemaa Razgui had his 11 flutes taken from him and destroyed by Customs at JFK Airport in New York. A Canadian citizen, based in New York and with a green card employment permit, Boujemaa Razgui, was flying home from Marrakech, Morocco, when his baggage was opened by Customs at JFK. Boujemaa Razgui told […]
  • USA: Kacey Musgraves’ performance censored during CMA Awards

    Singer Kacey Musgraves’ voice went silent for a couple of seconds during the 2013 CMA Awards on 6 November 2013. The singer was censored three times during her performance of ‘Follow Your Arrow.’ Musgraves’ song includes the lyric “roll up a joint” and the network took the time to censor the word “joint.” “How did she feel about […]
  • USA: Christmas carols banned in school district

    The superintendent at Bordentown Regional School District in New Jersey, USA, banned any and all religious music in the December concerts the district’s elementary schools normally hold, reported Charisma News. The superintendent at Bordentown Regional School District made a public statement that “religious music should not be part of the elementary program[s]” and decided to […]
  • USA: Madonna launches platform to fight oppression and intolerance

    ‘Art For Freedom’, led by the American superstar Madonna, is a new digital initiative, an online ‘public art project’, designed to fuel free speech. ‘Art For Freedom’ encourages the world to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution in the form of video, music, poetry or photography. ‘Art For Freedom’ will launch on 1 […]
  • USA: MTV censored lyrics with reference to drugs

    At the 2013 Video Music Awards, the American music television channel MTV censored Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance and edited out the entire line where she sings “dancing with Molly.” The line in the song ‘We Can’t Stop’ is known to be a reference to the powdered form of the drug MDMA. For radio airplay, the […]
  • USA: Folk singer Joan Baez ‘disinvited’ by army officials

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Folk singer Joan Baez ‘disinvited’ by army officials American folk singer Joan Baez, who had performed at numerous anti-Vietnam-War demonstrations, was forbidden to participate in John Mellencamp’s concert at Walter Reed Hospital where he performed for wounded troops on 27 April 2007. Antiwar activist Joan Baez says she was ‘disinvited’ from the event […]
  • Musical responses to 9/11: List of allegedly ‘banned’ songs

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Musical responses to September 11th: The list of allegedly ‘banned’ songs In the wake of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, a list of 160 “lyrically inappropriate” songs was said to have been distributed to 1,200 radio stations in the US, and consequently bands such as Rage Against The Machine were allegedly banned from […]
  • USA: Printing plant refused to print ‘satanic’ album cover

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Printing plant refused to print ‘satanic’ album The forthcoming album from British death metal band Akercocke, entitled ‘Antichrist’, has caused uproar amongst religious groups in Ireland and USA. The US printing plant where the CD booklet is being manufactured has refused to print ‘satanic’ material The album is currently set to be […]
  • USA: Documentary film about Dixie Chicks: ‘Shut up & Sing’

    FILMS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:‘Shut up & Sing’ – a documentary film about Dixie Chicks – awarded Numerous awards have been given to the documentary film about freedom of speech and censorship in the field of American country music “Shut up & Sing” documents the country trio The Dixie Chicks during the three years of medial and […]
  • USA: The US rock group Pearl Jam’s anti-Bush statement censored on webcast

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Rock group’s anti-Bush statement allegedly censored After Pearl Jam’s live show on 5 August 2007, the band was informed by fans that parts of the webcast of their concert had been left out by the main sponsor AT&T. There was an interruption of the webcast when the lead singer made a statement against […]
  • USA: Music tv channel bleeps the word ‘suicidal’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Music tv channel bleeps the word ‘suicidal’ American rapper Sean Kingston’s song ‘Beautiful Girl’ is about a girl so beautiful that he is afraid that their relation will never work: “You’ll have me suicidal, suicidal – When you say it’s over.” But on the MTV show ‘Total Request Live’, Sean Kingston’s summer […]
  • USA: Singer’s religious imagery censored

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Singer’s religious imagery censored Crucifixion scene in a performance by American superstar Madonna is censored from NBC’s airing of the concert on 22 November 2006. During a passage in Madonna’s ‘Confessions Concert’, she ascends a mirrored cross, dressed as Christ and wearing a crown of thorns, and then sings the song ‘Live to […]
  • USA: Dixie Chicks’ triumph over censorship: Five Grammys

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Dixie Chicks’ triumph over censorship: Five Grammys It was a victory over censorship, boycott and death threats when Dixie Chicks ‘swept’ the most prestigious honours in the global music calendar, the Grammy Awards The news went around the globe: A triumphant comeback for the country trio The Dixie Chicks three years after they caused […]
  • USA: Controversial reggae star’s show called off

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Controversial reggae star’s show called off A Los Angeles nightclub has canceled a performance by reggae star Buju Banton because of his lyrics against homosexuality E-mail complaints and concerned callers prompted Adam Manacker, the manager of the Highland Nightclub in Hollywood, USA, to research Banton’s past and cancel the singer’s show scheduled for […]
  • Canada: ‘Gangsta rap’ seeked banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:‘Gangsta rap’ seeked banned in music stores A Toronto activist has filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against Canadian music store chain selling ‘gangsta rap’ that glorifies the mistreatment of women The Canadian activist Valerie Smith is represented by the lawyer Cynthia Watson of Watson Labour Lawyers – a cutting […]
  • USA: ‘Fortress America’ denies access to musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:‘Fortress America’ denies access to musicians Cellist Yo-Yo Ma leads an impassioned campaign to ease the visa crisis for musicians visiting the ‘Land of the Free’, writes MondomixBy Daniel Brown Last month the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma testified at the US House of Representatives at a hearing on visa challenges in the performing […]
  • USA: America’s first museum dedicated to freedom of expression

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:America’s first museum dedicated to freedom of expression opens in Chicago
  • Canada: Harlem rap artist Jim Jones’ music video blacklisted

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada: Harlem rap artist Jim Jones’ music video blacklisted A music video for the song ‘Baby Girl’ has not been added in rotation on Canada’s national music station At issue are t-shirts worn in the hip-hop video that state, “Stop Snitchin'” overtop a red shape resembling a stop sign. Canada’s national music station […]
  • USA: Bruce Springsteen’s new album banned by Starbucks

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Bruce Springsteen’s new album banned by Starbucks Because Bruce Springsteen describes an explicit encounter with a prostitute in his song ‘Reno’, the US coffee shop chain Starbucks has banned the sale of his new album, ‘Devils & Dust’. The coffee conglomerate Starbucks stocks CDs at its branches in the US, and plays […]
  • ‘Kill Bush’ rappers rapped by US

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Kill Bush’ rappers rapped by USGatans Parlament – a Norwegian rap group that criticised US President George W Bush by setting up a website whose name means “Kill him now” is in trouble with US authorities.Washington’s embassy in Oslo has reported hip-hop artists Gatans Parlament to the police, accusing them of threatening the […]
  • The world’s all out of tune: Popular music after 9/11

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 9/11 – The world’s all out of tunePopuläre Musik nach dem 11. September 2001 A new book on music post September 11 is published in October. Among the contributors are Freemuse Chairperson Martin Cloonan. Please note: The book is published in German. A Freemuse report on music censorship post 9/11 is scheduled for […]
  • Elton John attacks new ‘era of censorship’ in America

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Elton John attacks new ‘era of censorship’ in America“There’s an atmosphere of fear in America right now that is deadly. Everyone is too career-conscious. They’re all too scared.” British singer Elton John has attacked what he calls a McCarthy-like “era of censorship” in America. Entertainers who speak out against the Bush administration or […]
  • USA: ‘Crash into me, baby!’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Crash into me, baby: America’s implicit music censorship since 11 Septemberby Eric Nuzum “Freedom has been attacked, but freedom will be defended.” These were the words of President George Bush shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. Bush went on to say that the terrorists “cannot touch the foundation […]
  • Mexico’s forbidden songs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico’s forbidden songsCan a musical genre be considered so dangerous as to be banned from the radio? Yes, according to the authorities in some parts of Mexico who have forced radio stations to take action in an attempt to stamp out the culture of “narco corridos”, which they accuse of glamorising drug trafficking […]
  • Albums with ‘objectionable material’ removed from Kansas libraries

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Albums with ‘objectionable material’ removed from Kansas librariesThe Kansas attorney general has withheld more than 1,600 compact discs from distribution to state libraries because officials determined the albums promote violence or illegal activity, records show.The albums removed by Attorney General Phill Kline’s office were part of 51,000 discs given to Kansas as part […]
  • Singer ‘strips’ over censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Singer ‘strips’ over censorshipAlanis Morissette wore a “nude suit” on stage at Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys to complain about censorship in the US.Morissette, who was hosting the Juno Awards in Edmonton on Sunday, wore the cartoon-style bodysuit in protest at TV and radio censorship in the US. Story from BBC Read more: […]
  • Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga gets asylum in the US

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Singer Lapiro de Mbanga gets asylum in the US Lapiro de Mbanga, who was imprisoned in Cameroon for three years for a song criticizing President Biya, has been granted asylum in the USA and arrived safely with his family on 12 September 2012. In his song ‘Constipated Constitution’ Mbanga criticized President Paul Biya […]
  • USA/Cuba: Impossible Music Session 4 – Not appearing: Escuadr

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA / Cuba:‘Impossible Music Session’ no 4 – Not appearing: Escuadrón Patriota Friday 10 June 2011 at 8:00 PM in Pfizer Auditorium in Brooklyn, New York, USA In Cuba, hip-hop artists who uphold “revolutionary” doctrine are supported by the government’s Rap Agency. Those who don’t are barred from state-controlled media and subject to […]
  • USA: ‘Footloose’ – dance film about a town where rock music is banned

    FILMS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:‘Footloose’ The story of ‘Footloose’ follows the young dance maniac Ren McCormack, a boy who comes to a small town where loud music and dancing have been banned. Ariel, a small-town girl takes a liking to newcomer Ren who rebels against the local law that bans rock music. He challenges Ariel’s father, Reverend […]
  • US visa issues: Two orchestras forced to cancel their concerts

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / USA: Visa issues: Two orchestras forced to cancel their concerts An American festival had to cancel two shows and two workshops by international artists due to visa problems and alleged embassy discrimination. Alleged embassy discrimination forced Somali born singer Aar Maanta and his band to cancel a concert performance, as […]
  • UK / USA: ‘Offending’ album title covered with sticker

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:‘Offending’ album title covered with sticker The popular British rock band Arctic Monkeys’ new album is entitled ‘Suck It And See’ – a phrase which causes a stir in the United States where major stores will cover the offending album title by a big sticker. When the indie-rock band from a suburb of Sheffield […]
  • Lebanon: American pop song banned by Lebanese radio

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Lebanon: American pop song banned by Lebanese radio The American superstar, singer and songwriter Lady Gaga — topping the music charts in 21 countries, presently UK’s most played artist in the radio — has stirred religious controversy for being ‘offensive to Christianity’. The song ‘Judas’ from Lady Gaga’s top-selling new album ‘Born This […]
  • USA: Singer discriminated by anti-discrimination group

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Singer discriminated by anti-discrimination group Syrian-American musician Malek Jandali was disinvited from performing at an anti-discrimination convention because of a pro-freedom song he was due to perform. The organisers, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, soon found themselves in a media storm of criticism, and after days of bad press and just hours before the convention […]
  • USA: Jazz musician suspected as terrorist because of his Arabic name

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Jazz musician suspected as terrorist because of his Arabic name An American jazz pianist’s Arabic-sounding name allegedly made over-zealous US officials suspect a link between his payment for a performance in Europe and possible terrorist activities. The pianist Ahmad Jamal is reported by a Swiss newspaper to have been prevented from collecting his […]
  • Syria: Parents beaten because of their son’s music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Parents beaten because of their son’s music Malek Jandali, a pianist who performed at a rally in Washington in support of the Syrian opposition, blamed his work for what he said was an attack by Syrian government security forces on his parents on 28 July 2011. Malek Jandali, who is a US […]
  • USA: College bans national anthem because of too violent lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: College bans national anthem because of too violent lyrics A 1,000-student college in Indiana State has banned ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at all sporting events because the school’s president considers the US national anthem’s lyrics to be too violent and glorifying war. On 26 August 2011 NBC Sports reported that Tiny Goshen College — […]
  • USA: Controversy over album cover with photo of World Trade Center attack

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Controversy over album cover with photo of World Trade Center attack The cover of Steve Reich’s new album ‘WTC 9/11’ stirred up such controversy that he asked the publishing company, Nonesuch, to withdraw the image. Nonesuch complied. When advance publicity unveiled the cover art in early August 2011, a month before the […]
  • USA: Army rapper discharged after nine months imprisonment

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Army rapper discharged after nine months imprisonment The imprisoned soldier, Iraq war veteran and hip-hip artist Marc Hall (real name: Marc Watercus) avoided a scheduled General Court Martial in Iraq for producing an angry anti-‘Stop-loss’ rap song. Instead, he was discharged immediately. In December 2009, the U.S. Army jailed 34-year-old Specialist Marc […]
  • USA: Radio station focuses on Freemuse CD and music censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Radio station focuses on Freemuse CD and music censorship The Freemuse CD ‘Listen to the banned’ and discussions on the power of music and music censorship was in focus at a one hour live broadcast from Wisconsin’s Public Radio on 10 November 2010. Artist and human rights activist Deeyah and Freemuse programme manager […]
  • USA: ‘In the face of adversity, the musician cannot sit idly by’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:‘In the face of adversity, the musician cannot sit idly by’ What is the role of the musician in a conflict zone? The New York-based magazine and online forum The Mantle invited four emerging musicians from areas of conflict to bring their perspectives on this question in a virtual roundtable discussion. ‘The virtual […]
  • Hungary: Radio station receives censorship notice for broadcasting rap song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Hungary: Radio station receives censorship notice for broadcasting rap song Hungary’s newly established media authority has opened an inquiry into a small private radio station, Tilos, for broadcasting the song ‘Warning, it’s on’ by US rapper Ice-T, Agence France-Presse reported on 1 January 2011. Hungary’s new legislation came into force on 1 January […]
  • China: American folk singer agreed to Chinese censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China / USA: American folk singer agreed to Chinese censorship The 69-year-old American folk singer Bob Dylan, famous for his songs against injustice and for civil rights, agreed to perform in China only with a heavily censored list of songs — which caused an uproar in his home country. On 6 April 2011, Bob […]
  • Guinea-Bissau / USA: Rap artists threatened, appear on live video in New York

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Guinea Bissau / USA: Rap artists threatened, appear on live video in New York In 2009, members of Baloberos Crew were detained and intimidated by members of the military intelligence because of a song which criticises the military and the government. Via a live video feed the group will participate in a performance in […]
  • USA: City council discusses ban on hip-hop

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA, Florida: City council discusses ban on hip-hop A councilman in Fort Myers, Florida, is seeking to have hip-hop music banned at the Harborside Events Center and other venues in Fort Myers. During a council meeting on 5 October 2009, councilman Warren Wright will discuss the possibility of barring all hip-hop shows and […]
  • USA: Banned music showcased in concert series in New York

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Banned music showcased in concert series in New YorkAustin Dacey and Haroon Bacha. Photo by Quoc Pham A concert with the exiled Pakistani singer Haroon Bacha on 9 December 2009 marks the start of a performance series at Brooklyn’s Littlefield that aims to showcase banned music from around the globe — music literally […]
  • USA / Jamaica: Buju Banton has US tour canceled by promoters

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA / Jamiaca: Singer Buju Banton has US tour canceled by promoters The concert promoters Live Nation and AEG canceled shows by the Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton after protests from gay rights advocacy organisations over the singer’s homophobic song lyrics, The Los Angeles Times reported. Buju Banton’s scheduled shows in Los Angeles, […]
  • Tao Rodriquez-Seeger

    TAO RODRÍGUEZ-SEEGER(USA) ##PagePublishedLong## Singer and musician Tao Rodríguez-Seeger from USA speaks about his personal experiences with and opinion about music censorship Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required Tao Rodríguez-Seeger was born in New York, USA, in 1972. He is a contemporary folk musician who plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, and sings in Spanish and in English. When he […]
  • Pakistan/USA: Salman Ahmad: Obama should listen to Pakistani artists

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan / USA:Salman Ahmad: ‘Obama should listen to Pakistani artists’ As the Taliban silence music in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, Freemuse ambassador and singer Salman Ahmad denounces the Pakistani peace accord with the Taliban. American president Barack Obama has promised to listen to the Muslim world. He can start by listening […]
  • USA: American pop singer pressured to rerecord song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA / United Kingdom:American pop singer pressured to rerecord song When American pop singer Britney Spears’ hit song ‘If U Seek Amy’ risked censorship on radio stations because of a controversy over its use of a ‘sexually offensive’ double entendre in the chorus, she decided to rerecord the song and publish a less […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Stephan Said

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS Stephan Said Musician and singer, Iraq / USA Music brings us together in times of joy as well as in times of urgent need. Since the beginning of civilization, it has been a central mechanism for expressing ideas imperative to human survival while reaching across age groups, […]
  • Freemuse Award 2009: video report and interview from Stockholm

    FREEMUSE AWARD 2009 ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden / USA:Freemuse Award to American singer Pete Seeger Video report from the award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on 3 March 2009, where Pete Seeger’s grandson, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, received the award on his behalf By Mik Aidt Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required Read about Pete Seeger and the award […]
  • Iraq / USA: Interview with exiled oud player

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq / USA:Interview with exiled oud player Rahim AlHaj is a former political prisoner of Saddam Hussein who escaped Iraq, relocated to the US in 2000, and made a new home in New Mexico. “How does Iraqi music change when the musician doesn’t live in Iraq anymore?” asks Tom Chandler in his article […]
  • USA: Opera composer says he is ‘blacklisted’ by US authorities

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Opera composer says he is ‘blacklisted’ by US authorities Interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Music Matters’ on 18 October 2008, composer John Adams said he was now ‘blacklisted’ and followed by US security forces, supposedly because he composed ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ — a controversial opera about the Palestinian Liberation Front’s 1985-hijacking […]
  • Commentary: Motley Crue, open your ears to Middle East bands

    COMMENTARY ##PagePublishedLong## Suggestion to Mötley Crüe:‘Open your ears to bands from the Middle East’ In response to a recent Americans-only ‘Make Rock History’ contest which was organised by the heavy metal band Motley Crue from Los Angeles, author Mark LeVine asks the band: “Why not really make rock history and open your Make Rock History […]
  • EU/USA: Pressure on Muslim women to stay out of music

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / Europe / USA:Pressure on Muslim women to stay out of music Within a growing scene for Islamic hip-hop in the United Kingdom, women rappers are facing a tough time. When a woman tries to break into the scene she is often intimidated, or even threatened, reported the New Statesman magazine. […]
  • USA: The Marilyn Manson Saga

    SPEECHES ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Religious lobby groups influence politicians and recording industry & the Marilyn Manson Saga Speech by Ms. Nina Crowley, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 My name is Nina Crowley and I am the director of Mass Mic, a non-profit organization which works to promote and protect free expression in music. Since […]
  • USA: Disney criticised for stopping heavy metal concerts

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Disney critizised for stopping heavy metal concerts “Why has the heavy metal genre now been labeled ‘inflammatory’ and their fans ‘undesirable’ at House of Blues venues in Anaheim and Orlando?,” asks Machine Head’s Robb Flynn in a blog commentary. About a month ago, the heavy metal band Machine Head were told that their […]
  • USA: Lebanese musician denied use of theatre

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Lebanese musician denied the use of theatre According to a press release from the music web site Rock Paper Scissors in September 2007, the renowned Lebanese oud master Marcel Khalife was denied the use of a theatre for a concert in San Diego. Al Awda, the local concert organisers, had already come to […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Islamist reactionary groups threaten American pop stars

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine:Islamist reactionaries threaten American pop stars American pop stars Madonna and Britney Spears will have their “heads cut off” if they continue “spreading Satanic American culture”, threaten leaders of militant groups in Palestine, according to a new book by the American journalist Aaron Klein In the book ‘Schmoozing with Terrorists’ several Palestenian leaders […]
  • Jamaica / USA: Boundaries of freedom of musical expression examined

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica / USA: Boundaries of freedom of musical expression examined The boundaries of free speech in today’s popular music culture are to be examined in a tv programme recorded in New York, USA, on 7 February 2008, announced the Government of Jamaica in a press release. The panel discussion is entitled: ‘Censorship vs. […]
  • USA: Anti-Iraq war rock song claimed blacklisted by US government

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Anti-Iraq war rock song claimed blacklisted by US government Rock musician Mick Star claims that his anti-Iraq war song “Jets” is not getting air time due to pressure on radio stations from the White House. Press Release Newswire writes: “The American music community has turned a deaf ear to the most dramatic […]
  • USA: Gangsta rap condemned by local police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Gangsta rap condemned by local police Police in Colorado Springs publicly condemned the music genre gangsta rap in a news release after a killing in July 2007, writes The New York Times After a spate of shootings, and already 19 homicides this year, the police in Colorado Springs are saying that gangsta rap […]
  • USA: Controversial lyrics lead to concert cancellation

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Controversial lyrics lead to concert cancellation The British punk rock band Gallows were removed from the bill of The House Of Blues in California due to offence taken to their lyrics by the family-friendly owner of the venue, the Walt Disney Company. The British punk rock band Gallows were scheduled to support California […]
  • USA: Censorship allegation increases media attention

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Censorship allegation increases media attention The popular web sites iFilm and YouTube were claimed to have censored an anti-jihad music video from the rap metal group Stuck Mojo. As the censorship debate continued, it also increased media attention for the band By Freemuse Stuck Mojo is a controversial rap metal group from […]
  • USA: Grammy awards to blacklist songs containing the n-word

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Sing ‘nigger’ and your song will be blacklisted New York’s City Council has asked The Recording Academy, home of the Grammys, not to nominate musicians for Grammy awards if they use the word ‘nigger’ in their lyrics. Critics say it is a limitation of free speech On 28 February 2007 the City Council […]
  • IASPM Conference 2007: Speech by Ole Reitov

    SPEECHES ##PagePublishedLong## Music Bans, Torture, Trials and MarginalizationFreemuse programme officer Ole Reitov’s speech at the 14th biennial conference held in Mexico by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, IASPM. Friday 29 June 2007: Plenary popular and unpopular musics, 9:30 – 11:30By Ole Reitov, Freemuse In November last year Freemuse organised the 3rd World […]
  • Canada: American rappers barred from Canada

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada: American rappers barred from Canada “Canada attempts to place US rappers in the same category as terrorists – literally,” says American rapper Jerome Almon, CEO of Murdercap Records. “If Canada is not stopped, every musician seeking to enter a country other than their own will face this problem,” he warns. By Freemuse […]
  • USA: Rock superstars censored for their lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Rock superstars censored for their lyrics On February 5, 2006, rock music veterans The Rolling Stones were censored during their performance at the Super Bowl – one of the most-watched events on US tv. The Rolling Stones were the real talking point of the Super Bowl on the first Sunday in February. Their […]
  • Freemuse report on censorship in post 9/11 USA

    FREEMUSE REPORT 13 February 2006 Eric Nuzum’Singing in the Echo Chamber’Music censorship in the U.S. after September 11Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2005ISSN 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 […]
  • USA: Country band banned on radio stations – again

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Country band banned on radio stations – again Songs of the top-selling American country band Dixie Chicks have been banned on country radio stations, and ticket sales are reportedly way off in southern US cities after they recorded a new single called ‘Not Ready To Make Nice’, and named their new tour ‘Accidents […]
  • USA: Rap artists blacklisted in Las Vegas casinos

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Rap artists blacklisted in Las Vegas casinos Las Vegas sheriff Bill Young backed by Nevada’s Gaming Control Board has declared war on gangster rap in casinos and their nightclubs, writes a Las Vegas blogger who labels it “a crusade against hip hop” The gaming regulator board warned the Las Vegas casino operators that […]
  • Crackdown on music in public space

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  • Musicians hit by the “9/11-effect”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / USA:Musicians hit by the “9/11-effect” Anti-terror security causes problems for touring musicians Renewed fear of terror in the wake of Britain’s foiled terrorist plot to blow up airplanes led to tighter restrictions on air travel in August 2006. Expensive musical instruments are no longer allowed on the plane as carry-on […]
  • UK/USA: Media giant claimed to threaten British music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## England / USA:Media giant claimed to threaten British music “The Texan media company Clear Channel Communications is increasingly casting its shadow over the music scene in Britain,” claims Granville Williams, editor of the newsletter ‘Free Press’, published by the British ‘Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom’ “Lovers of independent and innovative music in Britain […]
  • USA: Banned Musician speaks at Clinton Global Initiative

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Banned musician invited to speakat Clinton Global Initiative Pakistani guitarist Salman Ahmad is invited to speak at former US president Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative panel in New York on 21 September 2006 Salman Ahmad will make a presentation on the role of culture in building bridges between Islam and the West.Salman last year […]
  • Bob Titley: Artists afraid to speak out

    INTERVIEW ##PagePublishedLong## US Music executive: Artists afraid to speak out Launching the new Freemuse report in Nashville, Freemuse founding member, Ole Reitov, met with one of Nashville’s leading music executives, Bob Titley, to discuss corporate censorship and self censorship in the US Bob Titley is one of the founding members of Music Row Democrats, which […]
  • USA: “Forbidden Voices” – Jewish songs banned by Nazis revived

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Jewish songs banned by Nazis revived World premiere of “Forbidden Voices” — recently discovered songs by Jewish composers which were banned by Nazis in the 1930’s By Emma Krasov On April 23, 2006, the musical event “Forbidden Voices” will be performed in San Francisco Bay Area by internationally renowned soprano Judith Sheridan and pianist Craig Combs, intertwined […]
  • USA: Record label accused of boycotting song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Record label accused of boycotting song Master P – American rapper who has sold more than 75 million records – believes that executives of Sony BMG are placing phone calls to radio stations across USA, demanding that his son’s single not get played and negotiating “no-play deals” An ongoing battle and a war […]
  • UK/USA: David Byrne about self-censorship in 1981

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / USA:David Byrne about self-censorship: “We didn’t want to provoke” In the current debate in the Western world about self-censorship contra freedom of expression, and whether it is acceptable that musicians use samples from religious rituals, such as prayer or recital from the Qur’an, singer David Byrne and producer Brian Eno […]
  • USA: Rapper banned from New York radio station

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Rapper banned from New York radio station After being shot in the buttocks outside of the radio station Hot 97 in New York on 26 April 2006, rapper Gravy’s music has been banned from the station’s airwaves, reports Vibe Magazine “Gravy’s records will never play on Hot 97 again,” radio presenter Funkmaster Flex announced […]
  • USA: Dixie Chicks film about censorship censored

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Dixie Chicks film about censorship censored The American tv-network NBC and the CW Television Network has refused to air ads for the new documentary ‘Shut Up & Sing’, about the top-selling American country band Dixie Chicks According to Drudge Report, NBC has stated that NBC “cannot accept these spots as they are disparaging […]
  • USA: Country song about miscarriage blacklisted

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Country song about miscarriage blacklisted Country singer George Canyon’s song ‘My Name’ is banned by certain American radio stations because it’s lyrics are about a woman who miscarried Singer George Canyon is a devoted Christian. On the liner notes to his album ‘One Good Friend’ he thanks “the Lord God” and his […]
  • Canada: American rap artist 50 Cent to be banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada: American rap superstar 50 Cent to be banned 50 Cent is set to be banned from Canada – because he attracts too many guns, reports Headline News staff reporter Christina Ficara on November 30, 2005.  The “Get Rich Or Die Tryin” rapper has been shot nine times and the country’s Junior Foreign Minister Dan […]
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    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Mötley Crüe blacklisted by NBC According to The New York Times, the heavy metal lads of Mötley Crüe are suing NBC because the network canceled scheduled appearances and banned the band after singer Vince Neil uttered the “F”-word on a live “Tonight Show” broadcast Has Mötley Crüe’s free-speech rights been violated? The glam-metal […]
  • USA: Murder plot to kill rap superstar 50 Cent

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Murder plot to kill rapper US investigators say they have uncovered a plot to assassinate America’s biggest selling artist, rap superstar 50 Cent, in revenge for a derogatory song. The American rap music scene has been shaken in recent years by a spate of big name killings. Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG […]
  • USA: Panel debate on censorship of music lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Censorship of music lyrics in light of USA’s First Amendment In October 2005, a panel discussion at Ball State University entitled ‘Exploring Freedom of Expression Through Music’ looked at the issue of American censorship of controversial lyrics in popular music throught the prism of the First Amendment. The First Amendment to the United […]
  • Governments against dance music

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Governments against dance music With legislation and brutal police raids, governments worldwide attempt to stop young people from making open air dance parties. Official motivations for the crack-down are drugs and noise disturbances; but the organisers experience it as an attack on dance-music culture and governmental abuse of the rights of music fans […]
  • USA: Rap artist Kanye West censored on tv

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Rap artist Kanye West censored on NBCThe American rap artist Kanye West spoke his mind on live television – and got censored. A protest remix which features a clip of the censored comment now receives significant Internet and alternative radio play By Meredith Holmgren Kanye West is currently one of America’s most popular rap artists. His […]
  • USA: Multi-media show about dangers of censorship

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Multi-media show about dangers of censorship ‘Freedom Sings’ is a critically acclaimed multi-media presentation which tells the story of almost three centuries of banned or censored music in America Well-known songs like ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’ and ‘Puff, the Magic Dragon’ all have something in common: They each are among hundreds […]
  • CNN “Worldbeat”: A Victim Of Terrorism

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## CNN’s “Worldbeat”: A victim of terrorismComment about the closure of CNN’s “Worldbeat” programmeFrom Media Channel See also the special section on September 11 Related reading
  • White Noise Music – an international affair

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  • Beenie Man banned from MTV gig

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Beenie Man banned from MTV gigThe Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man has been banned from performing at an MTV concert in Miami after gay activists planned a protest over the singer’s past lyrics. Beenie Man, who recently issued his “sincerest apologies” for violent, homophobic lyrics, was due to perform on Saturday prior to […]
  • US school talent show draws Secret Service

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## U.S. school talent show draws Secret Service– Parents and students say they are outraged and offended by a proposed band name and song scheduled for a high school talent show in Boulder this evening, but members of the band, named Coalition of the Willing, said the whole thing is being blown out of […]
  • Prince Says He Wants Less Explicit Lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Prince Says He Wants Less Explicit Lyrics“I have a responsibility to (young fans) to perform in a manner that I would like my children to be performed in front of,” he says in an interview to air Tuesday on CBS News'”The Early Show.” Prince, who has written songs such as “Gett Off,””I Wanna […]
  • Singer Lee Jones attacks Bush

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Singer Lee Jones attacks BushAmerican singer Rickie Lee Jones has attacked the policies of the Bush administration on her latest record – despite the potential risk to her career. “I usually reflect things totally internally. But I think what is happening in America is so disturbing to me, it becomes internal”. Story from […]
  • The Market and Media Censors – panel debate

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  • New US study on cultural exchanges since September 11

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## New U.S. study on cultural exchanges since September 11A new study by Center for Arts and Culture, “Cultural Diplomacy: Recommendations and Research,” concludes that U.S. cultural diplomacy has become a neglected facet of foreign and domestic policy.In an era when American culture often drives resentment and fear in foreign lands, the study cautions […]
  • The Hot Sound of Hate

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The Hot Sound of HateHundreds of bands in America and Europe produce Hate Music. In September Panzerfaust Records launched Project Schoolyard, a plan to snag kids 13 to 19 by distributing 100,000 free CDs of such bands as Day of the Sword, H8 Machine and Final War. In a cramped upstairs den in […]
  • Hate music: Music With a Heart Full of Hatred

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Hate music: Music With a Heart Full of Hatred Far more dispiriting than the freakish, tattooed skinhead bands blurting white supremacist lyrics is the image of two pristine-looking little blond girls throwing their arms in a Nazi salute and singing, ”Strike force, white survival.” They are all under the influence of so-called hatecore, […]
  • Rapper Jadakiss Blames Bush for Sept. 11

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Rapper Jadakiss Blames Bush for Sept. 11Over the years, the rapper Jadakiss has depicted a world of drug dealing, murder and other assorted mayhem without raising many eyebrows. But seven words in his new song “Why” – “Why did Bush knock down the towers?” – has gotten Jadakiss the most mainstream attention, and […]
  • Hip-hop, black Islamic nationalism and the quest of Afro-American empowerment

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  • Popular Iranian singer Googoosh kept out of the US

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Popular Iranian singer Googoosh kept out of the US It was going to be another chance for fans to see the legendary Iranian singer named Googoosh, but the U.S.-led war on terrorism has had unintended consequences on Tehran’s most popular artists, who are finding it almost impossible to practice their craft in the […]
  • Wal-Mart is sued over rude lyrics

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  • FCC Reversal: Eminem Not Obscene

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## FCC Reversal: Eminem Not ObsceneEminem’s ‘The Real Slim Shady’ has passed the nose-wrinkle test of the U.S. government’s broadcast censors. This week the FCC decided that it would not punish a local radio station for airing a bleeped-out version of the wildly popular hit from ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’. Story from Wired News Related […]
  • American radio station bans Jethro Tull

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## American radio station bans Jethro TullJethro Tull is off the play list of a classic rock station after the band’s frontman criticized displays of the Stars and Stripes. “As far as we Related reading
  • Explicit Lyrics & Parental Advisory

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Explicit Lyrics & Parental AdvisoryTipper Gore, the PMRC, and the infamous black-and-white logo: Background material and news articles The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the majority of record labels in the country, has posted a black-and-white logo, warning of explicit content, on album covers since 1985. The history behind Parental Advisory […]
  • Mixing Pop & Politics: Music Making Change

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mixing Pop & Politics: Music Making ChangeConference on 1+2 October 2004, Montreal, Canada This October, the Rights & Democracy Network is sponsoring the second annual Mixing Pop & Politics conference, which takes place alongside this year’s Pop Montreal music festival. Founded last year in response to the glaring lack of musical protest against the U.S. […]
  • Spot buys: The new payola?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Spot buys: The new payola?Focus on the history of payola, including the current debate in the U.S. on record labels purchasing overnight advertising time at radio chains and using the time for repeated play of singles A Nashville radio station played Avril Lavigne’s “Don’t Tell Me” three times an hour, every hour, between […]
  • Venue expels Linda Ronstadt after political remarks

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Venue expels Linda Ronstadt after political remarksUS singer Linda Ronstadt was booed and removed from a Las Vegas casino for praising film-maker Michael Moore and his film Fahrenheit 9/11 during a show. Ronstadt called Moore a “great American patriot” and “someone who is spreading the truth” during a performance at the Aladdin venue […]
  • Cat Stevens denied access “on national security grounds”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cat Stevens sparks US plane alert and is denied access “on national security grounds”A security alert involving the singer, whose name is now Yusuf Islam, has forced a London-to-Washington flight to be diverted to another US airport. The plane was already in the air when US officials identified that the singer was on […]
  • Threatening borders

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Threatening bordersWestern powers and authorities regard artists who accept invitations to play in their countries with suspicion. And the fortresses they are building around their riches are dissuading more and more musicians from risking discomfort and humiliation at the borders. Article from Mondomix Related reading
  • Independent record labels unhappy with Sony – BMG merger

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Independent record labels unhappy with Sony – BMG mergerIndependent record labels are disappointed by the EU allowing Sony and BMG’s merger, saying it was given “easy clearance”. The deal, approved without conditions, means the four major companies control around 80% of the world’s music.Story from BBC More about corporate censorship Related reading Read […]
  • Public Enemy vs MTV

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Public Enemy vs MTVMTV will not show the video for ‘Gotta Give the Peeps What They Need’.Full story and petition Related reading
  • The day protest music died

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The day the protest music diedPop music played a crucial role in the national debate over the Vietnam War. By the late 1960’s, radio stations across the country were crackling with blatantly political songs that became mainstream hits.“The Trouble With Corporate Radio: The Day the Protest Music Died”. Editorial from New York Times […]
  • Clear Channel: September 11 & Corporate Censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Clear Channel: September 11 & Corporate CensorshipA collection of articles which examines the role of Clear Channel as market leader and, as some will say, the biggest corporate censor in U.S. history, with special focus on their role in the censorship debate following the September 11 terrorist attacks. The day after the September […]
  • Ry Cooder fears Cuban ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ry Cooder fears Cuban banAfter the US Government banned Ry Cooder from working with musicians from Cuba, Cooder says his latest collaboration with Cuban musicians could be his lastStory from BBC Related reading
  • John Adams banned in Boston

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## John Adams banned in BostonThe John Adams opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” cancelled by Boston Symphony Orchestra because of the September 11 terror attacks. Story from New York Times See also the special section on September 11 Related reading
  • Wal-Mart: Market censors and market mechanisms

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Wal-Mart: Market censors and market mechanismsBackground information and articles on the biggest retailer in the US, who is often accused of censorshipIn 1996, singer Sheryl Crow caused controversy with the lyrics “Watch out sister, Watch out brother, Watch out children while they kill each other, with a gun they bought at Wal-Mart discount […]
  • USA: Politician seeks musician Bruce Springsteen boycott

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Politician Seeks Springsteen BoycottUpset with Bruce Springsteen’s effort to oust President Bush from the White House, the New York Conservative Party’s candidate for the U.S. Senate is launching a “Boycott the Boss” television commercial. (Story from AP) “He thinks making millions with a song-and-dance routine allows him to tell you how to vote,” […]
  • Musical responses to 9/11: From Conservative patriotism to radicalism

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Musical responses to September 11th: From conservative patriotism to radicalismby Martin Cloonan Read about 9/11 and music censorship in “Musical responses to September 11th: From conservative patriotism to radicalism” – a chapter by Freemuse chairperson Martin Cloonan, from the book “9/11 – The world’s all out of tune Populäre Musik nach dem 11. […]
  • Return of the “Rave Act”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Return of the “Rave Act”Proposed US law can shut down raves.Story from Drug Policy Alliance Related reading
  • Controversial cover

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Controversial coverUS rapper Paris’ forthcoming “Sonic Jihad” album depicts a jet about to slam into the White House. The intention is to create a dialogue. Article from New York Times Related reading
  • Viva Corporate Control!?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Viva: Corporate control!?European independent music companies slam Universal’s alleged payola deal with Germany-based broadcaster Viva to guarantee video-time for Universals’ artists in return for payment Press release from IMPALA, Independent Music Companies AssociationSee also Der Spiegel (in German) Recommended background reading:Pay for playPayola CityPayola – The paying of cash or gifts in exchange […]
  • Hip-Hop as a Political Tool

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Hip-Hop as a Political ToolFive steps to using hip hop within a political framework and to developing a viable political constituency in the hip-hop generation.Many people who want to politically and civically engage young people see hip hop culture as the best avenue to accomplish these goals. Although hip hop culture is ubiquitous, […]
  • 9/11: Is protest music dead?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Is protest music dead?Ever since John Lennon and Yoko Ono led a raucous crowd of flower-toting, peasant-bloused hippies in a pot-hazy chorus of “Give Peace a Chance,” it seems to have been a pop axiom: When the United States goes to war, the musicians begin calling for peace. So why, since Sept. 11, […]
  • CRAG Report: The Missing Cuban Musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## CRAG Report: The Missing Cuban Musicians This 34 page report reviews the history of the current blanket ban the U.S. government has put on any Cuban musicians coming to the U.S.From AfroCubaWeb:“Entrance into the United States by Cuban musicians, artists and academicians has been extremely limited since November of 2003. No Cuban bands […]
  • Cuban musicians criticize new U.S. travel rules

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuban musicians criticize new U.S. travel rulesA group of musicians has criticized new U.S. regulations that will further limit travel to Cuba, urging the United States to build bridges to the island instead of tearing them down. The musicians, who produce jazz, Afro-Cuban music and a ballad style known as Cuban trova, tied […]
  • NYPD reportedly stiffs Springsteen

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## NYPD reportedly stiffs SpringsteenAfter Springsteen played a controversial song during the Oct. 1 opening night at Shea Stadium, a high-ranking NYPD police official ordered that there would be no post-concert police escort for the Boss after his next show.Story from CBS Related reading All Freemuse reports can be downloaded free of charge. You can […]
  • Eminem censors himself

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Eminem censors himselfDespite the liberal use of expletives in the average Eminem sentence it appears that Slim Shady draws the line at playing his music to his young daughter, Hailie. Talking to MTV about a song on which his daughter contributes a few lines he revealed that he insists that she listens to […]
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