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Music is life. That sounds like something taken straight out of Paolo Coelho’s books.
But it is true. Artists come and go, leaving behind scratches on this surface, we call life. Hence the need to find a proper generalization for this phenomenon, putting a cliché for brevity and easiness.
Isn’t there everything for everyone in the world of music? It is like a smorgasbord with everything that you might need to get through this life. You just need to go through it and make your pick.
But how about the times when music was banned? How did children get answers to the questions we now do from songs?
Due to different reasons, songs and even whole albums have been banned and still are in some parts of the world.
“Following the regulation to protect musical cultural works of 29 March 1939 (German Legal Reporter #77 […] of 4 April 1939), the Reich Music Examination Office has declared […] the musical works as undesired and harmful. Publishing, distributing or performing these works is forbidden in the German Reich.” Back in the day the Nazis attempted a transformation of German music by driving out not only Jewish performers and conductors, but also any music written by Jews, or music the Nazis thought inconsistent with their worldview.
Two Beatles’ songs from the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” were banned (excuse the pun) by the mighty BBC in 1967. Both “Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds” and “A day in the Life” were believed to inspire and motivate the youth to use bad substances, because of misconception in the name of the first (the acronym that it forms) and the psychedelic tunes they incorporate. Anyhow, these are wonderful songs that reached new heights back in their day and are still musical chef-d ‘oeuvres. Imagine if they banned Snoop Dogg’s songs on those grounds – he would not have a career.
In 2008, Icelandic singer and actress Björk performed in China a song called “Declare Independence”. All was well until the end came, where she repeatedly yelled “Tibet! Tibet!” in protest to China’s 58-year occupation of the territory. This easily won her a lifetime ban to the country.
World-renowned bands were banned in the communist era on the grounds of being violent, religiously obscure, vandal, mystic, punk or neo-fascist. People smuggled records and listened to them secretly in their storerooms, secluded in their attics or in loud groups locked in their basements.
Did you grow up in the times when rock and roll was banned? What records got through to you?