Thursday, August 11, 2011

Riot cure: "Ban the broadcasting of poisonous rap"

During the short period of post-WWI liberal democracy in Germany, jazz flourished although conservative and right-wing movements hated Negermusik for its roots. Fremdländisch (alien) music, they believed, raised hopes of freedom and self-expression and encouraged resistance to authority. Nazi leaders viewed jazz as degenerate but its widespread popularity made an outright ban impossible.

In 1956, sing-along master Mitch Miller, then of Columbia Records, appeared on CBS with DJ Allan Freed and two psychiatrists to discuss "negative effects of Rock 'n' Roll on teenagers."

In 1957, the leader of the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese banned rock 'n roll from schools for the deleterious effect of rhythms on young people.

The 1959 guitar instrumental "Rumble" by Link Wray was banned by many U.S. radio stations who worried the title promoted teen violence.

After death of Martin Luther King in 1968, alarmed the lyrics would ignite more violence, many American radio stations pulled Gordon Lightfoot's "Black Day In July" from airplay.

Fearing violence following the 1979 National Guard fatal shootings of innocent Kent State University students, the Ohio Governor ordered radio stations to ban the song "Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

August 11, 2011 - Daily Mirror journalist Paul Routledge discovered the reasons for urban poor street riots in Britain,
I blame the pernicious culture of hatred around rap music, which glorifies violence and loathing of authority (especially the police but including parents), exalts trashy materialism and raves about drugs.

". . . I would ban the broadcasting of poisonous rap, and urge – require, even – schools to teach that the world is a much better place without pointless rage."

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