Banning music strangles the very soul of a culture. Shoot the Singer! is the first global presentation of contemporary cases of music censorship. It examines the causes, methods and logic behind contemporary attempts by governments, commercial corporations and religious authorities to prevent people from hearing certain kinds of music (gangsta rap and narco-corrigos are two prominent examples) and the content of particular songs.
The cases come from a surprisingly wide diversity of countries, including Afghanistan, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, North Korea, Burma, France, Algeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Cuba and the United States. What is startling is how worried such very different authority structures all are about music, and the range of techniques used to repress it. The contributors also explore the logic behind these concerns (including two instances where censors explain themselves what they were doing), and the implications of a digital world for music censorship in future.
Maria Korpe is a Swedish journalist with longstanding international experience. She is the founder and executive director of Free Muse (Free Musical Expression), the only organization campaigning against the censorship of music worldwide.The contributors are scholars, journalists and the musicians themselves.
Preface - Marie Korpe Part I: Introduction 1. What is Music Censorship? Towards a Better Understanding of the Term - Martin Cloonan 2. Music: A Parallel Stucture of Power - Alenka Barber-Kersovan 3. Music as a Useless Activity: Conservative Interpretations of Music in Islam - Jonas Otterbeck Part II: Asia 4. Singing in a Theocracy: Female Musicians in Iran - Ameneh Yussufzadeh 5. Breaking the Silence: Censorship in Afghanistan Past and Present - John Baily 6. Music for the Great Leader: Policy and Practice in North Korea - Keith Howard 7. Burma: Music Under Siege - Aung Zaw Part III: Africa 8. Stopping the Music: Censorship in Apartheid South Africa - Roger Lucey 9. Roger, Me and the Scorpion: Working for the South African Security Services During Apartheid - Paul Erasmus 10. Encounters with a South-African Censor: Confrontation and Reconciliation - Ole Reitov 11. Remembering Subversion: Resisting Censorship in Apartheid South Africa - Michael Drewett 12. Playing with Fire: Manipulation of Music and Musicians in Zimbabwe - Banning Eyre 13. Guerilla pop: Matoub Lounes and the Struggle for Berber identity in Algeria - Andy Morgan Part IV: The Middle East 14. Defending Freedom: Blasphemy Trials and Censorship in Lebanon - Marcel Khalife 15. Songs of Freedom: Cultural resistance in Palestine - Rania Elias 16. The Sound of Silence: Conformist musicians in Israel - Noam Ben-Zeev Part V: The Americas 17. Crash into Me, Baby: America's Implicit Music Censorship since September 11th - Eric Nuzum 18. Havana and Miami: A Music Censorship Sandwich - Eric Silva Brenneman 19. Mexico: Drug Ballads and Censorship Today - Elijah Wald 20. Responses to Censorship in the US: Acquiescence, Withdrawal and Resistance - Ian Inglis Part VI: Europe 21. Turkey: Censorship Past and Present - Sanar Yurdatapan 22. French Rap - Daniel Brown About the contributors Selected Bibliography Index