During the Doors concert in Miami, in 1969, lead singer Jim Morrison, 'did
lewdly and lasciviously expose his penis and shake it. . .' (Rosen et al. 90).
Today, Billy Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day, bares all at his concert in
Philadelphia (Bernstein 95). The eccentric Courtney Love will rip off her bra for
the audience to marvel and glorify at her action (Bernstein 95). She acts in such
a fashion because she is insane and wants to prove it to the world, where as Billy
Joe just performs naked for the shock value and the love of hearing tabloids and
gossip. Both performers of past and present conducted strange acts on stage for
the shock value and attention, but with performers of old, it reflected their life and
what they were really like. Today's performers, however, do not act like that in
real life, for the most part. Today, performers take on challenges, like the dare of
a child. . . 'Betcha won't do it!' These rock performers cannot turn down a dare
or back away from even the slightest bit of public notoriety. By listening to one of
their 'questionable' albums, it is easily noticeable how they thrive off of it. All of
these performers do have one thing in common, at one time or another,
censorship made them victims because of their social unacceptable actions or
the content of their music and lyrics. While censorship is slightly more realistic
and open-minded (no more censoring performers from the waist down, like Elvis
Presley on the Ed Sullivan show), it still affects listeners and their choice of music
quite significantly. Although the government, music associations, and other
various groups try censorship, the music a person chooses is still, and always
should be, his choice.
Some children are too young for the exposure to certain types of music.
Albums containing sexually explicit lyrics depicting sexualacts in great detail are
not good for young children to hear. Also, sexual content within the albums, as in
their artwork, is unacceptable. For example, the Frankenchrist album by the
Dead Kennedys, which portrays an extremely sexual painting by H.G. Giger,
entitled Landscape #20: Where Are We Coming From (Wishna 444). Not to
mention all the shows and concerts in which some kind of pornography is used
or displayed that is inappropriate for younger kids, such as Billy Joe Armstrong, of
Green Day, baring all for a concert of his in Philadelphia (Bernstein 95). Also, in
Cleveland, a frustrated Courtney Love tore off her bra and screamed, 'Now you
know how I get all the guys,' (Bernstein 95). Most parents would not allow their
children to attend a concert with actions such as Courtney Love's. These actions
and paintings, however, are choices of the musicians, part of their expression.
Who are we to say what is wrong and what is right?
Parents are not always aware of the references to sex in their children's
music choices. Most parents would not allow their children to listen to the music
if they knew it consisted of...