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USA: Frank Zappa

28 November 2001

Frank Zappa On Censorship In 1986, Frank Zappa remained occupied – some would say preoccupied – with the activities of the American right wing and its efforts to censor rock and roll. In its liberal guises under Tipper Gore’s PMRC (Ms. Gore’s husband Al was Clinton’s Vice-President) or its more …

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1960s USA, Canada

1 January 2001

1964. USA. Johnny Cash Johnny Cash was concerned with the plight of Native Americans, and produced a series of records about their condition. The song ‘The Ballad of Ira Hayes’ became a top ten country hit. It tells the story of Ira Hayes – a Pima Indian who was one of …

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1990s USA, Canada

1 January 2001

1990. USA. N.W.A. Members of the rap group N.W.A. received a letter from the F.B.I. saying that the agency did not appreciate the song ‘Fuck The Police’. Law enforcement groups across the country agreed. 1990. USA. Sinead O’Connor Singer Sinead O’Connor banned the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ from her show in New …

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