Taboo Tunes

Taboo Tunes

A History of Banned Bands & Censored Songs

Book - 2004
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In this extensively researched ode to scandal, Peter Blecha recounts the travails of musicians who have dared to air "unacceptable" topics. Filled with several centuries' worth of raunchy sex ditties, morbid murder ballads, satanic songs, paeans to intoxication and radical political anthems, this book lays the censors' stories bare, and casts a much-needed spotlight on civil liberties and artistic freedom in our post-9/11 world. Highlights the work of hundreds of controversial musicians, including: the Beatles, Ray Charles, the Dixie Chicks, Dylan, Eminem, Billie Holiday, Nirvana, Elvis, Public Enemy, Sex Pistols, Springsteen, Zappa and others. "Blecha tells a story of how free we aren't. It's a story every music fan needs to know." - Dave Marsh
Publisher: San Francisco : Backbeat Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780879307929
0879307927
Branch Call Number: ML3916 .B54 2004
Characteristics: ix, 214 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Veepea Nov 22, 2012

This was an interesting read, very thought-provoking. Although I didn’t always agree with the author’s viewpoints, it really makes you consider how far people should be allowed to go when expressing themselves. It also includes a history of what people of certain times viewed as crude and lewd music, even the waltz was an abomination at one point!

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