Censorship in AMerica

Marilyn Manson, The Beatles, NWA, Garth Brooks, and the king, Elvis, What do all
these people have in common? Well, yes, they are all musical groups, but there is something
more. Marilyn Manson is a heavy metal group who worships Satan, the Beatles were one of the
greatest Rock N' Roll bands of all time, and NWA was a hard-core rap group from the 80's.
Garth Brooks is a country singer and greatest selling performer of all time, and well, Elvis is the
king of Rock N' Roll. So what do they all have in common? All of these artists have or had
songs with indecent or obscene lyrics.
Since the dawn of musical expression, there have been people trying to stop or hinder
the constitutional right to listen and enjoy music of all forms. There were ordinary, everyday
people during the infancy of Rock N' Roll in the 1960's who made it their mission in
life to stop so-called "obscene" music like the Beatles song "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds,"
from polluting our airwaves and minds. These groups succeeded in banning some songs from
the radio, but most of their actions were for naught, because there was no real punishment for
radio stations playing those songs labeled "obscene." By 1985, many people wanted to cleanse
the music industry of its "indecent" music, so the most prominent group in the history of music
censorship was started: The Parents' Music Resource Center (PMRC)-(A Brief…). This was
just thefirst of many groups who made it their business to decide what the American Population
These censorship groups have also been able to get government money in order to fight,
lie, and bribe their way to censoring music. The PMRC and other organizations have also
convinced government organizations like the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) to
regulate what music is played on the radio. Places like Target, Disc Joc…

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