Censorship and Music

Books aren’t the only creative voice subject to censorship. Music tells a story too, in a voice some don’t want you to hear. From Billie Holiday to Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks to Nine Inch Nails, musicians of all genres have come face to face with censorship controversy. The Radio Act of 1927 and the creation of the Federal Communications Commission in 1934 are two great examples of a federal government’s attempts to silence constitutional rights. Better your understanding of the challenges artists face to deliver the sounds you love; take a look at the titles below and explore musicians of all genres available to you from Tacoma Public Library.

Taboo Tunes

Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy

Rebel Music

Stand and Be Counted

The Soul of the First Amendment