Index on Censorship publishes issue on music censorship
|Index on Censorship, Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression, released a magazine issue on music censorship entitled ‘Smashed hits 2.0’ on 8 September 2010.
‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ investigates music and free expression with writing and interviews. The issue is produced in collaboration with Freemuse and features interviews with Daniel Barenboim, Lapiro de Mbanga, Femi Kuti, Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood, Simon Broughton, Negar Shaghaghi, Malu Halasa, Louise Gray, Peter Jenner and many more, including an article by Freemuse founders Marie Korpe and Ole Reitov and a short piece by the English novelist, reviewer and columnist, Will Self.
The title is a reference to an issue which Index on Censorship published in 1998 in connection with the 1st World Conference on Music Censorship. Since then social media and the use of internet has exploded and even changed the censorship environment.
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Cover of ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’
Cover of ‘Smashed Hits’ which was published in 1998
|Smashed Hits 1.0
The 1998 issue of ‘Smashed Hits’ is still available from:
Mahsa Vahdat won the Freemuse award 2010 for freedom of expression.
Khyam Allami is the first recipient of BBC Radio 3′s World Routes Academy scholarship and made his debut at Womad and the Proms this summer.
Daniel Barenboim: “I’m afraid Israeli public opinion has manipulated all that. I’m sure there are many people in Israel who “don’t want to hear Wagner” who think that Wagner was around in 1940 — that Wagner was a Nazi. But you know, none other than [Arturo] Toscanini — who besides being a great musician was a great fighter for liberty — in 1936, when he was conducting the opening concerts for the new symphony orchestra in Tel Aviv, ironically then called the Palestine Philharmonic, played Wagner and there was no problem. The decision to stop playing Wagner was taken by members of the orchestra after Kristallnacht and that was perfectly understandable and just, from my point of view, in 1938. But to continue with that now is arguably as bad as it would have been to continue to play Wagner from that day.”
Clemency Burton-Hill: “It seems ironic that you were accused of being a fascist for playing Wagner’s music, when it could be argued that censorship of any music in a democratic country is verging on the fascist.”
Daniel Barenboim: “As I have said before, the idea this was a scandal was started the following day by people with a political agenda, not those in the concert hall, which greatly saddened me. I have always said that I respect anybody’s right not to listen to Wagner and that is why his work should be offered to a non-subscription audience. Israel is a democratic society, there should be no place for such taboos.” Read more…
For musicians, broadcasters, singers and their fans around the world, censorship is a fact of life – from legal threats against filesharers to restrictions on performing live. But some musicians and music lovers face more extreme conditions than others.
In Iran, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei recently declared that music was incompatible with the values of the Islamic Republic; in Tibet, musicians are imprisoned for singing resistance songs and in Turkey, Kurdish singers can face prosecution for making political statements.
In its latest issue, Index publishes interviews and articles by leading music writers and musicians on the challenges to free expression – whether digital, legal or commercial.
DANIEL BARENBOIM: Bring music, bring life
COLIN GREENWOOD: Set yourself free
WILL SELF: Words and music
PETER JENNER: The Deal
MARIE KORPE and OLE REITOV:
NEGAR SHAGHAGHI: Sounds of silence
SIMON BROUGHTON: Notes from underground
GILAD ATZMON: Primacy of the ear
MALU HALASA: Words and music
KHYAM ALLAMI: Dispatches from a new generation
DIVINE COMEDY: Portraits by Chaza Charafeddine
CHAZA CHARAFEDDINE: Body and soul
FEMI KUTI: Words and music
LOUISE GRAY: Can Music Kill?
LAPIRO DE MBANGA: Voice to the voiceless
KAYA GENÇ: Coffee-house blues
HTEIN LIN: Rocking Rangoon
WOESER: Tradition of protest
RACHEL ASPDEN: Trance music
JAN FAIRLEY: Control shift