Parental Advisory by Eric D. Nuzum

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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 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.


About Eric D. Nuzum

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Eric Nuzum is a freelance pop-culture writer living in Kent, Ohio. He is also the program director at WKSU-FM, Kent State University's National Public Radio affiliate.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 370 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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A thorough, though biased, history of music censorship. If you’re looking for a thoughtful analysis of how censorship has impacted music, you’ll likely be disappointed.

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