Shoot the Singer!: Music Censorship Today

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Marie Korpe
Zed Books, Sep 4, 2004 - Music - 228 pages
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ON CENSORSHIP'One can never censor the power of truth.It is beyond the control and manipulationOf bureaucratic clerks.'yoko ono, 2004'True censorship is something that we are not really aware of on a day-to-day basis; it's something that's inherent in the system. There's an ever increasing element of that censorship, a sort of covert censorship going on everywhere. Read this book!Damon Albarn, Blur'Governments have tried again and again to censor my music and my ideas. In Shoot the Singer! Freemuse shows how governments all over the world will go to great lengths to silence the people. Freemuse speaks the truth side by side with me, standing up for my right, as well as every musician's right to speak.' - Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe'The censorship of music is a token of music's power and the freedom it offers. In Shoot the Singer! both censors and the censored describe their experiences, and in different ways express music's unique capacity to build community, stimulate feeling, energize and lift people out of themselves and transcend all barriers by speaking directly to the heart. This is a wonderfully vivid and thought-provoking book.' - Jane Spender, International PEN'Freemuse sets an entirely new agenda with Shoot the Singer! For all too long the plight of those musicians who are denied their right to perform or record (and that of their audience to enjoy) their music and their messages has been ignored. We have hardly considered that the performing of music and song could endanger the life and freedom of the performer. This book is rare and impressive testimony to a part of life and art that desperately needs our attention.' - Morten Kjśrum, Director, Danish Institute for Human Rights
  

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Contents

What is music censorship? Towards a better understanding of the term
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ALENKA BARBERKERSOVAN
11
Music censorship in Afghanistan before and after the Taliban
19
policy and practice in North Korea
29
music under siege
39
politics and art
62
working for the South African security
73
confrontation
82
blasphemy trials and censorship in Lebanon
135
cultural resistance in Palestine
141
Americas implicit music censorship since 11
149
a music censorship sandwich
160
drug ballads and censorship today
170
censorship past and present
189
Rap and censorship in France
197
About the contributors
209

resisting censorship in apartheid South
88
manipulation of music and musicians in Zimbabwe
94
Matoub Lounes and the struggle for Berber identity
106
female musicians in Iran
129
Recommended reading
215
Notes to CD
226
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About the author (2004)

Marie Korpe is the Executive Director of Free Muse (Free Musical Expression), and is a Swedish journalist of many years of varied international experience. In August 2000 she founded, with Danish government aid, the only organization to concern itself with the censorship of music.

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