Blog Archives

Feb 5, 1957: The American Invasion Begins, as Bill Haley and the Comets Storm Britain

Back home in the United States, Bill Haley and the Comets were already passé. Their role in launching the rock-and-roll revolution was unquestioned, but it had been almost two years since “Rock Around the Clock” exploded on the scene, and

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Dec 31, 1985: Rick Nelson Dies in a Plane Crash

Former teen idol Rick Nelson dies in plane crash in De Kalb, Texas, on December 31, 1985. When the teenage Ricky Nelson launched his pop career in 1957 by picking up a guitar and singing at the end of an

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Dec 20, 1957: Elvis Presley is Drafted

On this day in 1957, while spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for the United States Army. With a suggestive style–one writer called him “Elvis the Pelvis”–a

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Dec 19, 2005: Ahmadinejad Bans All Western Music in Iranian State Television and Radio Broadcasts

The first known pronouncement by a public figure regarding the potential of popular music to act as a socially destabilizing force comes from the first century B.C., when none other than the great philosopher Plato wrote, “When the mode of

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Music Censorship – A Timeline

  ↑ Grab this Headline Animator 1955 15,000 letters, mostly written by young adults, are sent to Chicago rock stations accusing them of playing “dirty” records. Radio station WABB runs editorials call “About The Music You won’t Hear on WABB.”

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized