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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Music Your Parents Never Wanted You To HearBelieve it or not, music censorship in America did not begin with Tipper Gore's horrified reaction to her daughter's Prince album. The vilification of popular music by government and individuals has been going on for decades. Now, for the first time, Parental Advisory offers a thorough Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Music Your Parents Never Wanted You To HearBelieve it or not, music censorship in America did not begin with Tipper Gore's horrified reaction to her daughter's Prince album. The vilification of popular music by government and individuals has been going on for decades. Now, for the first time, Parental Advisory offers a thorough and complete chronicle of the music that has been challenged or suppressed -- by the people or the government -- in the United States. From Dean Martin's "Wham, Bam, Thank you Ma'am" to Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar; from freedom fighters such as Frank Zappa and in-your-face rappers such a N.W.A. to crusaders such as Tipper Gore, this intelligent and entertaining book shows how censorship has crossed sexual, class, and ethnic lines, and how many see it as a de facto form of racism. With nearly one hundred fascinating photographs of musicians, record burning, and controversial cover art; illuminating sidebars; and a decade-by-decade timeline of important moments in censorship history, Parental Advisory is by turns frightening and hilarious -- but always revealing.


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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Music Your Parents Never Wanted You To HearBelieve it or not, music censorship in America did not begin with Tipper Gore's horrified reaction to her daughter's Prince album. The vilification of popular music by government and individuals has been going on for decades. Now, for the first time, Parental Advisory offers a thorough Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Music Your Parents Never Wanted You To HearBelieve it or not, music censorship in America did not begin with Tipper Gore's horrified reaction to her daughter's Prince album. The vilification of popular music by government and individuals has been going on for decades. Now, for the first time, Parental Advisory offers a thorough and complete chronicle of the music that has been challenged or suppressed -- by the people or the government -- in the United States. From Dean Martin's "Wham, Bam, Thank you Ma'am" to Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar; from freedom fighters such as Frank Zappa and in-your-face rappers such a N.W.A. to crusaders such as Tipper Gore, this intelligent and entertaining book shows how censorship has crossed sexual, class, and ethnic lines, and how many see it as a de facto form of racism. With nearly one hundred fascinating photographs of musicians, record burning, and controversial cover art; illuminating sidebars; and a decade-by-decade timeline of important moments in censorship history, Parental Advisory is by turns frightening and hilarious -- but always revealing.

30 review for Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I used this book as an aid on a Mass Media Ethics class. My paper turned into a huge anti-PMRC rant and one of the more amusing, well-researched (passionately researched)projects in the class. This book exposes the Parental Advisory Labels for what they are (a flipping joke)and the politics at the core. All but confirms my belief that Tipper Gore is a demon spawn.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Michelle

    I'm not giving this a star rating because it's non-fiction. But this was really interesting! I've never read anything like this before and it was pretty cool to learn about music censorship, something I've never really thought or learned about before. I'm also curious to see how things have changed since this book came out in 2000 and I'm wondering what the current state of music censorship looks like. I'm not giving this a star rating because it's non-fiction. But this was really interesting! I've never read anything like this before and it was pretty cool to learn about music censorship, something I've never really thought or learned about before. I'm also curious to see how things have changed since this book came out in 2000 and I'm wondering what the current state of music censorship looks like.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charles Jr.

    Started reading because I actually found an autographed copy (always a plus). Fascinating history of music censorship across the history of modern pop music, with much that was enlightening (albeit in a depressing way) about how brazenly racism and political repression figured into official bans and taboos. But...and you know something, I don't believe the author would go along with this...as the years progress, and the rise of Rock'n'Roll (and, later, rap) puts forth more transgressive personal Started reading because I actually found an autographed copy (always a plus). Fascinating history of music censorship across the history of modern pop music, with much that was enlightening (albeit in a depressing way) about how brazenly racism and political repression figured into official bans and taboos. But...and you know something, I don't believe the author would go along with this...as the years progress, and the rise of Rock'n'Roll (and, later, rap) puts forth more transgressive personalities in the music, lyrics, marketing and the attendant album-cover art, videos etc., I actually found myself rather more sympathetic to the words of the bluenoses. Aye, the Tipper Gores and the Delores Tuckers and even the crazed demon-chasers of the Christian Right in the late 20th century at least came across in Nuzum's prose and interviews as being able to make a reasoned argument for their POVs. On the other side were a bunch of oft-unstable musicians who, even when capable of displaying a great deal of intellect (Zappa, Jello Biafra most prominently), still seemed to delight in going farther into shock value and tastelessness just for kicks or to earn notoriety. By the end of the book a few things stood out. (1) Most of our kids listen to music for the beat and the danceability; it's lucky if the little monsters are even paying attention to the lyrics at all, so censors' arguments about harmful content kind of fall flat. (2) If I had to choose between a modern rock-hating conservative or a drugged-up, profane rock idol gagging on his/her own vomit as a dinner guest...well, let's just say I'd tell either one sorry, we ran out of food. But at least with the conservative I wouldn't have to worry about finding my tires slashed or excrement on my front door in the morning.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    An excellent book that gives the istory or album labeling. It shows how some people with power can change our world "for our good". My favorite story is how Frank Zappa had an album labeled explicit for language despite the fact thast is had no words at all. Worth a read and despite it's subject very hilarious (refer to Frank Zappa story). An excellent book that gives the istory or album labeling. It shows how some people with power can change our world "for our good". My favorite story is how Frank Zappa had an album labeled explicit for language despite the fact thast is had no words at all. Worth a read and despite it's subject very hilarious (refer to Frank Zappa story).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    This book was used as a cornerstone of one of my Mass Comm. classes back in college, and I reread it after graduating. Nuzum chronicles music censorship incidents ranging from the funny to the outrageous. I really wish the author would update and expand this into a newer edition.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    I had to use this book as a reference for a paper I was writing and ended up reading the whole thing on my own. It's extremely informative and gives light to many of the events concerning censorship in America throughout the years. I had to use this book as a reference for a paper I was writing and ended up reading the whole thing on my own. It's extremely informative and gives light to many of the events concerning censorship in America throughout the years.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Lynch

    this book put a clear view on music censorship in the us

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    Christina

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  12. 4 out of 5

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  13. 4 out of 5

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