10 Bizarre Moments in Music Censorship


Because it’s difficult to understand what constitutes a truly subversive or offensive album, and because those who sit in judgment are routinely those that don’t “get it,” the history of music censorship is riddled with baffling moments. Censorship can also spiral out of control, as the world saw when Pussy Riot was plastered across the headlines last year, or when records store clerks and venue owners were arrested for selling and booking 2 Live Crew in the '80s and '90s. The fight for and against music censorship has been raging for millennia, and has produced some unlikely allies on both sides. Looking back on the history of music, here are some bizarre moments that showcase the different ways censorship has stuck its nose into the scene.

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