• It’s become known as the “PMRC Senate hearing,” or the “Tipper Gore-Frank Zappa hearing,” or the “rock-porn hearing.”
  • It was September 19, 1985, smack dab in the middle of the Reagan era. Moral panics were the order of the day.
  • Sen. Al Gore’s wife, Tipper, was upset that a Prince album she bought for her daughter had risque lyrics. She literally made a federal case out of it.
  • As politicians and their wives implicitly threatened the music industry and the First Amendment, the unlikeliest trio of musicians — avant-garde composer Frank Zappa, hair-metal howler Dee Snider, and singer-songwriter John Denver — passionately defended artistic freedom before the federal government simply because it needed to be done.
  • But in the end the censors got what they wanted. “Objectionable” records received a warning label, and rappers — not heavy-metal bands — were the most likely to be labeled.

 

this DVD-R contains:

PORN WARS (2 versions)

 

MTV’S BASEMENT TAPES WITH MARTHA QUINN

 

STEVE ALLEN SHOW BICYCLE MUSIC

 

JOAN RIVERS SHOW

 

MTV ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY WITH MOON ZAPPA

 

color, mono, stereo, fullscreen, transferred from my personal VHS tapes, 85 minutes. DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!