Censorship and Government Regulation of Music


The issue of music censorship is as broad as the history of music itself. Through countless societies music, art, and literature have been controlled by authorities in order to protect the people’s values, and in many cases to control them. This blog utilizes the case studies of America, Russia, and North Korea to examine the politics of music censorship, both in the past and today.

Case studies:

A Song Unsung: Music Censorship and Piracy in North Korea

Pussy Riot and the Censorship of Political Activism in Russia

Rocking the Media: Censorship of Rock Music in the US

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