Researching music censorship
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Freedom of expression and its direct counterpart, censorship and silencing, are increasingly gaining attention in the world of art and culture. Through the growth of social media and its worldwide distribution, arts and cultural products are shared, and the increased visibility and audibility of culture is highlighted through iconic and pivotal clashes, such as the fatwa on The Satanic Verses in 1989, the recurring bans on the music of Wagner, the alleged censorship of playlists following 9/11, and the cartoon crisis in 2006. This volume takes the discussion directly to the field of music studies in a broad frame and insists on examining music censorship in a global perspective. The book addresses the important and increasingly relevant issue of scholarship on music censorship and thus contributes to a detailed understanding of the phenomenon. Often, words and semantic meaning are held to be determining to the restrictions on musicians and singers, but as this collection documents, the reasons for censorship might not always be found in verbal messages. Rather, the positioning of a more broad understanding of why and how music can convey meaning and accordingly trigger censorship and bans is at the heart of this work. The complexity of music censorship includes historical, structural as well as emotional listenings and interpretations of sound. The topic, accordingly, is political, as well as scholarly urgent.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Islam, music and popular culture, Sunni discourse, Wahabi, contemporary, Saudi Arabia
, Järviluoma, H.
, Knudsen, J. S.
, Otterbeck, J.
(2017). Researching music censorship, p. 345.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/books/116