Cleveland, OH 44122

Episode 1: Censorship

Progress on all Fronts!

Episode 1: Censorship

This episode fist aired on KNDD, The End 107.7 in Seattle, WA in January 1997.
There are maybe a half dozen clear historical gaffes, but otherwise the show is absolutely evergreen.
There is an inherent conflict between order and freedom. While we hold our government responsible for maintaining order and insuring our safety we often recoil at the thought that our own actions might be restricted by an act of law or law enforcement. This edition of AMPT Radio explores one of the expedient but rarely effective tools employed in the name of public safety.
History of Lewd Behavior
We explore the ever changing nature of what is acceptable in speech and in mass media.
Hand of the Dead Body
Our Poet Laureate, Eben Eldridge presents a rap number illustrating the hypocrisy of censoring rap lyrics.
The News Stand International
Poet and World Renown Barkeep Hamish Todd tells the story of a quiet book store that almost got a lot quieter. The News Stand in Bellingham, WA was cited in a suit for carrying a (at the time) little read magazine that describes rape scenes in graphic detail. Many agendas were served in the prosecution of an obviously innocent party. They were found innocent, but the hell they went through shows the undemocratic nature of our censorship laws.
Krist Novaselic on Harmful to Minors Legislation
Krist Novoselic illustrates the insidious chilling effect caused by efforts to restrict the availability of music and literature.

The Songs used in the show:

“Hand of the Dead Body”
by Scarface from the album The Diary, Rap-a-lot Records/Noo Trybe Records
“Dirty Old Man”
by The Fugs from Second Album, Fugs Records
“Group Grope”
by The Fugs from Second Album, Fugs Records
by buddha loves jesus from the album Tolerate, Sound Vices
“Sex Doily”
by Critters Buggin, from the album Host, Loosegroove
Various tracks from the band, Hell Upside Down, from the record Bovine Years, Y Records
“Waiting for Kurt”
by Nirvana from session tapes – NOT RELEASED
The AMPT Theme was performed by Sweet 75.
The Books used to research this show were:

Tropic of CancerHenry Miller

Tropic of CapricornHenry Miller

Banned in the U.S.A. :
A Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries
Herbert N. Foerstel
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations:
A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature
John Bartlett, Justin Kaplan (Editor)
Daddy’s Roommate
Michael Willhoite
The Diary
The Fugs Second Album
The Fugs; Audio CD
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1997
Robert Famighetti (Editor)
Critters Buggin
Pist ils
Robert Mapplethorpe
Blac k Book
Robert Mapplethorpe, Ntozake Shange

Related Items List:

Following is a list of media that is related, loosely or otherwise, and in some construct, to Censorship.
1) The Utne Reader – “1997’s Top Censored Stories”
2) The Catcher In The Rye , novel, by J.D. Salinge
3) The People Vs. Larry Flynt – film, directed by Milos Foreman, starring Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love and Edward Norton
4) Black Book or Pistols, photography, by Robert Mapplethorpe
5) The Censorhip & Intellectual Freedom Page
6) The Blue Ribbon Campaign for Online Free Speech
7) Banned In The USA , non-fiction, by Herbert Foerstel
8) Daddy’s Roommate , children’s fiction, by Michael Willhoite
9) I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings , novel, by Maya Angelou
10) The Constitution (like I said, it’s my page!)
11) “God Save The Queen”, song, by the Sex Pistols


One Response

  1. employee evaluations says:

    Found your post on Google, the headline caught my eye and it absolutely was a great read.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.