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Jul 27, 2016
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VIOLENCE

MUSIC & THE MIND

Murder |

Clay Logan shot his mother 3 times to death and shot and stabbed his father listening to a song on his stereo called "The End" by the Doors. The song says: "The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on ... And he came to a door ... and he looked inside "Father?" "Yes son,"'I want to kill you". May 8 1996 The Times-Picayune. East Baton Rouge

 

Rowdiness |

"ROWDINESS AND RAUNCHY BECOMING A MAINSTAY IN THE RECORD BUSINESS" Los Angeles Time Warner Inc., is taking the rap for recording "Cop Killer" by Ice-T, a song some people argue invites bloodshed. But it's hardly the only record label with rowdiness and raunchy in its repertoire. Salt Lake Tribune July 20, 1992

 

Suicide |

Kurt Cobain--The flannel-shirted singer's woes were well-documented: heroin addiction, discomfort with celebrity, domestic spats, the near-fatal ingestion of drugs and alcohol just last month that left him in a coma. One of Nirvana's last songs, recorded for "The Beavis and Butthead Experience" album, was tided "I Hate Myself and Want to Die". Associated Press Oregonian, April 10, 1994 Larry McShane.

 

Illicit Sex |

Gene Cook/Mik Jagger conversation:
Cook: "I have the opportunity to be with a lot of young people. Many say your music does not affect them adversely in any way. Others say it effects them in a very bad way. What is your opinion. What is your impact." Jagger "Our music is calculated to drive the kids to sex. It's not my fault what they do. It's up to them. I'm just making a lot of money." Cook: He was in Mexico making a profane and pornographic music video because the cost is 1/3 there. In addition it is easier to produce such videos there at the moment. He explained that though such videos with explicit sexual behavior is illegal on US national television, it soon will be, and they want to have the videos ready. Now not only audio pornography can be portrayed, but they can view it as well. He was making more money this way." "Not married but had 3 children. Had one girl in Virginia, New York and England. Jagger: "It doesn't matter what you do in life, there are no rules. There is no god. You can take whatever you want. It doesn't matter." Mik and his boys: "We are moving after the minds, and so are most of the new groups. When in 1969 piece Sympathy for the Devil caused injuries and deaths he said "something like that happens every time I play that song."


 

Sexism and Racism |

Salt Lake Tribune June 9, 1991 page B2 quoting Policeman Ron Stallworth who tracks Utah's black gangs: "Women become sexual objects, bitches or whores ("Ho" to use the black street vernacular), to be used and abused and then discarded like garbage." said Sgt. Stallworth. "Women are stereotyped as nags, money-grabbing teasers, sluts and otherwise inconsequential to the male except for sexual gratification." Luther Campbell, leader of the rap group 2 Live Crew, said he does not believe sexist language does harm.


 
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