Rap Lyrics Used as Evidence in Criminal Trials

By |2020-01-03T14:43:46-05:00March 31st, 2014|Blog|

In a disturbing development that directly threatens the freedom to imagine, rap lyrics are being brought in as evidence in criminal trials (New York Times story). An amicus brief (below) filed by the New Jersey chapter of NCAC participating organization, the American Civil Liberties Union, argues That a rap artist wrote lyrics seemingly embracing the world of violence is no [...]

The Sweet Sounds of the Subversive: Billie Holiday

By |2016-01-14T15:07:04-05:00February 11th, 2013|Blog| Since the 1920's, disgruntled Americans have tried to ban the performing of music they deem morally unsound. From the emergence of jazz almost a century ago to modern hip-hop, cutting-edge Black music has always been at war with those who can't tell a good tune when they hear it. Check out Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit", a haunting ballad once [...]

Elvis Presley Musical Expurgated in Utah High School. SRSLY?

By |2019-03-15T17:22:38-04:00January 7th, 2013|Blog|

In a censorship story that feels dredged from a mid-century time capsule, a High School in Utah will allow the musical All Shook Up to be performed, but has removed a "questionable song." It's unclear what song has been removed from the play, which is in fact a rewriting of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. About that: evidently in addition to the [...]

Amanda Palmer Asks Community For Response To Censored School Play

By |2020-01-05T23:18:33-05:00February 8th, 2011|Blog|

Amanda Palmer, co-founder of the legendary Dresden Dolls and known for a wide variety of solo work, is a damn-proud alumna of the Lexington High School drama program. She credits it for granting her the opportunity to work with avant-garde material and forms that continue to influence her as a performer and artist. Naturally, then, she felt particularly outraged by [...]

20 Banned Album Covers

By |2019-03-15T15:26:34-04:00October 21st, 2010|Blog|

On occasion of the controversy over the sexually suggestive cover of Kanye West’s upcoming album "My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy," Billboard has created a fun slideshow of 20 banned album covers. Check them out here: If you want to learn more about music censorship, you can check out NCAC’s Timeline of Music Censorship, which was created by former NCAC intern [...]

LA Supervisor Rails Against Opera Festival

By |2019-03-07T21:56:06-05:00July 16th, 2009|Blog|

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is demanding that Los Angeles Opera overhaul the Ring Festival L.A. planned for next year, calling Richard Wagner a, “Nazi composer.” He is, of course, wrong. The Nazi's may have used Wagner, but Wagner was already long dead. Yet, the issue remains, Wagner held rather despicable anti-semitic views (along with the majority of his [...]

Letter to Utah Governor Huntsman Urging Veto of Age Rating Law

By |2016-02-05T14:01:11-05:00March 23rd, 2009|Incidents|

Last week, the Utah Legislature overwhelmingly approved House Bill 353, the “Truth in Advertising” amendments in yet another effort to legally enforce the private voluntary rating schemes used by industry to inform consumers about the contents of movies, video games, and music.   We strongly oppose it and urge you to veto it.

The social network effect on music

By |2020-01-02T15:33:18-05:00December 3rd, 2008|Blog|

Interesting post on Slashdot about how social network groups influence tastes of the members. The article's by Bennett Haselton (the founder of The article cites a study showing that: They also noted that in the "social influence" worlds where users could see each others' downloads, increasing download numbers had a snowball effect that widened the difference between the successful [...]

Testimony of Artemis Records CEO Before Senate Commerce Committee

By |2020-01-02T15:07:04-05:00September 13th, 2000|Blog|

Chairman McCain, Senator Hollings, and Members of the Committee. I am pleased to have the opportunity to testify before you today. I am the CEO and co-owner of Artemis Records a year old independently owned record company. Our current roster includes Rickie Lee Jones, Steve Earle, Warren Zevon, and the Baha Men. During the nineteen-nineties I was the President of [...]

Groups and Students Oppose Cancellation of Indigo Girls Concerts at High Schools

By |2020-01-03T14:12:49-05:00May 8th, 1998|Incidents|

Seven organizations dedicated to upholding the right of freedom of expression today declared their strong objection to the cancellation by high school principals of three free concerts by acclaimed folk-rock artists, the Indigo Girls. The organizations also praised the many students who are protesting their schools' censorship. A concert at Irmo High School in Columbia, South Carolina was canceled because of [...]

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