Parental Advisory is a intelligent and entertaining look at the colorful history of popular music in the United States that hs been either challenged or supresseed by forces of government or community. From Dean Martin ("Wham, Bam, Thank You Ma'am") to Marilyn Manson ("Antichrist Superstar"), Parental Advisory illuminates the complicated issue of music censorship, and demonstrates how censorship comes from all sides of the political spectrum. The book discusses everyone from The Beatles ("More popular than Jesus") to Ozzy Osbourne ("Suicide Solution") to N.W.A. ("Fuck tha Police") and The Prodigy ("Smack My Bitch Up")--as well as frenzied record burnings, controversial album cover art, the censors (Tipper Gore gets her very own chapter), and the freedom fighters (such as Frank Zappa). Featuring amusing sidebars (the PMRC's "Filthy Fifteen" list) chapters divided by subject (Sex; Politics; Violence; Race; Religion; Drugs; MTV) and finally a decade-by-decade timeline of important moments in censorship history, Parental Advisory is by turns frightening, amusing, hilarious, chilling--but always revealing.
A shocking part of history
By A Customer - April 14, 2001
I think I had my jaw on the floor the entire time I read this book. I started thumbing through it soon after it arrived, and couldn't stop reading. I've read books about music history before, but Mr. Nuzum has done a great job of making sense of music censorship. I was surprised at the number of music censorings throughout history and at how people didn't learn from the PMRC in 1985! I hope Tipper Gore and her friends get real uncomfrtable reading this book!
Consistent & well-rounded it is not, but still a decent read
By P. Nicholas Keppler "rorscach12" - November 11, 2001
Although he is not the most unbiased source on the subject, radio programmer, Eric D. Nuzum, takes readers along the often-treaded path of music censorship in the United States. From interracial dancing at Fats Domino gigs to John Lennon's inflammatory statement about the Beatles being bigger than Jesus to Tipper Gore and the PMRC, the road is interesting, outrageous and often hilarious. The excellent first section separates the subject into the histories of controversies concerning sex, religion, drugs, protest, violence and others. The unnecessary and less interesting second section is a chronological listing of instances of censorship. Consistent or well-rounded it is not, but Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America is an interesting read and a decent rallying call for those who have already made up their minds on the issue of music censorship.
Beware: many factual errors
By Mike - July 25, 2012
Agreed with others who have pointed out the many factual errors this book contains. And the thing is, these errors were pointed out to the author (by myself and others) at a time when he had a website devoted to this topic and the book was not yet published.
I see that at least one of his more egregious mistakes was fixed (he originally listed "How Would You Feel" as a Jimi Hendrix single rather than correctly attributing it to Curtis Knight and the Squires), but many others still remain. In an era when information of this sort is readily available, there's really no excuse for these inaccuracies.
Furthermore, his entry on the Curtis Knight single illustrates a more basic misapprehension of this topic on Nuzum's part -- which he repeats elsewhere. He states this song "was given little airplay" because of its controversial content. In fact, the overwhelming majority of singles released in ANY era are "given little airplay" -- simply because they aren't hit... read more
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