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1 January 2001

1939. USA. Billie Holiday Billie Holiday crooned against the lynching of black men in the song ‘Strange Fruit’. The “strange fruit” of the title are lynched blacks, hanging from trees across the American south. This powerful political song was banned on the American radios. The song was written by the …

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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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Aynur Dogan

2 January 2000

THE USA GOVERNMENT: ARBITER OR CATALYST FOR THE ARTS? By Ms. Cynthia Tse Kimberlin, Ph.D. Executive Director, Music Research Institute & Publisher, MRI Press Point Richmond, CA USA An investigation of how music politics is formed in a country without a Ministry of Arts, but with lots of powerful interest …

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