Heavy Metal under Scrutiny: The Controversial Battle for the Protection of America’s Youth

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Heavy Metal under Scrutiny: The Controversial Battle for the Protection of America’s Youth

Type: Master thesis
Title: Heavy Metal under Scrutiny: The Controversial Battle for the Protection of America’s Youth
Author: Papazoglou, Chrysanthi
Issue Date: 2017-10-31
Keywords: American studies
North American studies
heavy metal
1985 Labeling Hearing
music
counterculture
satanic scare
lyrics
1980s
conservatives
PMRC
Abstract: Since its emergence, heavy metal music met with serious opposition. Accused of promoting violence, suicide, drug abuse and distorted images of sex, heavy metal artists were considered a threat to the well-being of America’s youth. These accusations were major arguments in the 1980s religious conservatives’ crusade to establish family values. Trying to raise parents’ awareness of the music’s alleged catastrophic effects, these conservatives campaigned to restrain or eliminate heavy metal music. In 1985, the then newly-formed Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) condemned several artists for advocating violence and substance abuse and for their predilection of the occult in their songs’ lyrics. PMRC created an agenda that was later used in court cases against heavy metal artists.
Supervisor: Bilt, Eduard van dePolak, Sara Anne
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: North American Studies (Master)
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/54371
 

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