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Stop Censorship Let It Be Music censorship has been a major problem affecting America since the early nineteen forties It came to a peak during the nineteen sixties with the Vietnam War and the radical hippie movement Then during the nineteen eighties it was heavy metal and hard rock music that received the most censorship Now in the year two thousand three the major focus of censorship is rap mostly gangster rap Some of the primary factors of music that cause legal problems are sexual content death threats and obscene language Censorship is an attack against our first amendment right granting us the freedom of speech However if a song or album is dubbed obscene the first amendment does not protect this The attempted censorship of music is not just because people need a cause to fight In fact in todays society there are many problems that experts feel are directly related to music Some of these problems are suicide murder and sexual assault This could be true but people dont understand that music is art and it shouldnt run anyones life For 50 years radio stations have been censoring songs deemed inappropriate In 1940 NBC banned 147 songs The rock and roll community could only expect some sort of limited censorship The FCC in an attempt to let radio stations know what types of songs were bad sent a list of 22 drug related songs to radio stations Three of these songs were puff the magic dragon I get by with a little help from my friends and Lucy in the sky with diamonds These songs lost their broadcast privileges and were put on the Do Not Play list To take matters one step further President Nixon tried to have John Lennon deported for his radical behavior and anti-political messages in his songs The federal government evidently linked artists like Lennon to the protest movements of the sixties and early seventies There
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