Policing Pop

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Temple University Press, 2009 - Music - 255 pages
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Fans and detractors of popular music tend to agree on one thing: popular music is a bellwether of an individual's political and cultural values. In the United States, for example, one cannot think of the counterculture apart from its music. For that reason, in virtually every country in the world, some group identifies popular music as a source of potential danger and wants to regulate it. Policing Pop looks into the many ways in which popular music and artists around the world are subjected to censorship, ranging from state control and repression to the efforts of special interest or religious groups to limit expression. The essays collected here focus on the forms of censorship as well as specific instances of how the state and other agencies have attempted to restrict the types of music produced, recorded and performed within a culture. Several show how even unsuccessful attempts to exert the power of the state can cause artists to self-censor. Others point to material that taxes even the most liberal defenders of free speech. Taken together, these essays demonstrate that censoring agents target popular music all over the world, and they raise questions about how artists and the public can resist the narrowing of cultural expression.
 

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Call That Censorship? Problems of Definition
13
I Want My MP3 Who Owns Internet Music?
30
Twenty Years of Music Censorship Around the World
46
Remote Control Legal Censorship of the Creative Process
65
Death Metal and the Limits of Musical Expression
81
Marxists in the Marketplace
100
Argh Fuck KillCanadian Hardcore Goes on Trial The Case of the Dayglo Abortions
113
Strelnikoff Censorship in Contemporary Slovenia
140
Music in the Struggle to End Apartheid South Africa
153
Confusing Confucius Rock in Contemporary China
166
German Nazi Bands Between Provocation and Repression
186
Popular Music and Policing in Brazil
205
Challenging Music as Expression in the United States
221
About the Contributors
235
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Martin Cloonan teaches Popular Music Culture at the University of Glasgow and is the author of Banned! Censorship of Popular Music in Britain, 1967-1992.Reebee Garofalo is Professor at the College of Public and Community Service and is affiliated with the American Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston; his most recent book is Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA.Contributors: Alenka Barber-Kersovan, Vanessa Bastian, Paul D. Fischer, Jeroen de Kloet, Michael Drewett, Steve Greenfield, Mike Jones, Keith Kahn-Harris, Dave Laing, Guy Osborn, David Parvo, Josť Roberto Zan, and the editors.

Reebee Garofalo" has taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 1978. He is the co-author of "Rock 'n' Roll is Here to Pay" (1977), editor of "Rockin' the Boat" (1992), and co-editor of "Policing Pop" (2003). He has written numerous articles and lectured internationally on a broad range of subjects relating to popular music and the music industry and serves on the editorial collective of the "Journal of Popular Music Studies." As a fan, musician, and educator, he is immersed in music, particularly its use as a community resource and an educational tool.

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