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Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Music Your Parents Never Wanted You To Hear

Believe 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
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ebook, 368 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 1st 2001)
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Courtney
Mar 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Charles Jr.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Fred
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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).
Peacegal
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Shelly
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Patrick Lynch
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book put a clear view on music censorship in the us
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ERIC NUZUM is a recovering pop culture critic, VH1 pundit, and author of Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Music, A Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to be Haunted (2012), The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula (2007/2008) and Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America (2001). He writes a lot of inane stuff that falls somewhere between the ...more
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