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1970s Australia

1 January 2001

1979. Australia. Marianne Faithfull Heathcote Williams’ infamous ode to sexual jealousy, ‘Why’d Ya Do It?’, was banned in Australia in Marianne Faithfull’s interpretation. As the last track on the album ‘Broken English’released in 1979, ‘Why D’Ya Do It?’ was a caustic response to a lover’s betrayal set to a grinding …

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1980-2000 Asia

1 January 2001

1980s. Pakistan. Music was banned on PTV, the national tv station in Pakistan. 1980s til today. North Korea In North Korea, music is controlled by a government which encourages light, state-sponsored music, or music with patriotic worker-driven themes played on radios or in public by large worker’s orchestras. Kim Jong …

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1950-1979 Asia

1 January 2001

1966-1976. China In 1966, Mao became troubled by the pervasive influence of Western music. He abruptly resolved the issue by banning Westernization altogether during the violent and disruptive purges conducted throughout his Cultural Revolution. Overnight, all things Western were banned, including Western-oriented classical music. Beethoven and Brahms were out, and …

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1930-1949 Asia

1 January 2001

1934. China. Li Jinhui Shanghai-based composer and songwriter Li Jinhui was banned (if only ineffectually) by the ruling Nationalist Party, and repeatedly came under attack from the socialist left because of the association of his music with the colonial, petit-bourgeois culture of urban Shanghai. Li Jinhui had been experimenting with …

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Junoon

1 January 2001

The Pakistani rock band got in serious trouble when its members protested against the nuclear bomb tests of Pakistan and India. Junoon was denied the right to perform for a long period in Pakistan. One of their songs about corruption did not exactly make life easier for them. “Censorship can …

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Chen Shi-Zheng

1 January 2001

“…Anything for the public that is not about how beautyful our country or people are, is not acceptable”, says Chinese opera director Chen Shi-Zhen. His long awaited staging of the 400-year-old classical opera “Mu Dan Ting” (Peony Pavillion) was not only banned inside the borders of China; the Shanghai Bureau …

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Sardar Yousafzai

2 January 2000

The culture of conflict: September 11 effects The terror attacks in America may cause a change of heart in Hollywood, but what of the other arts? And what will be the effect on the creative scene in Britain? From dance to pop, Guardian critics assess the likely impact. From The …

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Kazakhstan

2 January 2000

Meet the banned! Freemuse conference session on music censorship in Turkey, with Şanar Yurdatapan, Turkey (artist, human rights activist) and Ferhat Tun

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Myanmar (former Burma)

2 January 2000

Myanmar/Burma: ‘Will censorship of music end?’ asks BBC reporter in Rangoon BBC News’ Jonah Fisher has interviewed Ye Ngwe Soe, lead-singer of the punk band No U Turn, one of the best-known acts on the Rangoon punk scene. 13 April 2012   Myanmar/Burma: Musician Win Maw released Win Maw, one …

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