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United Kingdom: Banned group returns to stage

11 January 2005

They were censored on Top of the Pops and infuriated the National Front in the late 70’s. Now the Gang of Four returns to the stage for a few gigs. Vocalist Jon King claims Gang of Four was banned more than the Sex Pistols.Full story at The Guardian  

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‘Anti-gay’ lyrics inquiry starts

3 November 2004

UK detectives are investigating claims that lyrics penned by eight leading reggae artists incite violence against homosexuals and are therefore illegal. Lyrics by Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Bounty Killer are among those being scrutinised by Scotland Yard. Meanwhile the government is considering banning reggae star Sizzla from the UK …

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United Kingdom: Reggae concert banned over lyrics

23 September 2004

Reggae concert banned over lyrics Jamaican dancehall singer Buju Banton has been banned from playing a concert in Manchester after protests over his allegedly homophobic lyrics. The reggae artist was due to perform at the Bierkeller in Piccadilly on Thursday night. Greater Manchester Police cancelled the gig as previous performances …

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UK licensing bill defeated

17 March 2003

Controversial bill defeated in the House of Lords – but has yet to be discussed by MPs. Story from BBC “We believe it will lead to the renaissance of live music”: Story from The Guardian Related reading Read abstract      

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UK licensing bill

5 March 2003

Latest on the controversial Licensing Bill; Story from the Guardian The Musicians’ Union is being invited to take part in a working group to discuss the impact of the bill; Story from BBC  

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UK: “The Cure”

12 July 2001

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Robert Smith, Perry Bamonte, Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper and Roger O Part I For you Robert Smith, what is the worst form of musical repression generally? Part II Should there be limitations to musical expression? Part III The Cure’s most controversial song “Killing an arab” based on the …

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United Kingdom: Britain at War

1 January 2001

How music was “restricted” during the Falkland and Golf War Speech by Ph.D. Martin Cloonan, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998  What I would like to do is to give you a taste of censorship in Britain. Britain is quite often seen as a place where censorship doesn’t …

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1950-2000 Europe, Russia

1 January 2001

1967. United Kingdom. Scott Walker Scott Walker’s cover of Jacques Brel’s song ‘Jacky’ is the first record to be banned by BBC Radio 1. 1967. Greece. Mikis Theodorakis The 1967 military coup in Greece led to the imprisonment and torture of internationally known singer Mikis Theodorakis. Eventually he was released …

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Non-artists on censorship

1 January 2000

NON-ARTISTS ON MUSIC CENSORSHIP Audio and video interviews on freemuse.org with researchers, experts, scholars and others Most recent Jeroen de Kloet – Dutch researcher, about China Mario Masvidal – professor from Cuba Maxwell Sibanda – journalist from Zimbabwe Maya Medich & Lemez Lovas – UK researchers, about Belarus Mirwaiss Sidiqi – director, about Afghanistan Introduction video – about Freemuse’s …

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