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30-05-2006, 12:02:46

In January 1985, the secretary of the Communist party's youth wing in Ukraine sent out a secret list to its local committees, naming 38 "ideologically harmful" foreign groups. The information, he wrote, was provided "for the purpose of intensifying control over the activities of discotheques". The dangerous agents were, among others, Village People, Black Sabbath and Tina Turner.
Though the list described itself as "approximate", specific charges were levelled against each group. With the notable exception of Pink Floyd, few were accused of circulating anti-Soviet propaganda. Instead, Donna Summer and Tina Turner promoted "eroticism" and sex; Canned Heat homosexuality. The Village People were only charged with "violence", a label also imposed on the B-52s, Black Sabbath and the Clash. Black Sabbath was additionally dangerous for its "religious obscurantism".

Frustratingly the article doesn't actually show the full list.

Scabrous Birdseed
30-05-2006, 12:54:48
Why is she surprised at the fact that marxists and conservatives have the same views on culture? Has she never read Adorno? Or K_g's sig?

30-05-2006, 22:08:37
communism and rock'n'roll never made good bedfellows.

there was a memo of the communist party of greece ages ago (I think around 1960's?) that discouraged its youth from listening to rock. "rock music blunts the youth's revolutionary spirit" i think it wrote.

31-05-2006, 03:28:34
Didn't America actually publish "How To Spot A Communist" pamflets in the 50's or 60's, which contained infomation like "they may play the acoustic guitar".

I don't know why I just wrote that as a question, I know it to be true.

Nills Lagerbaak
31-05-2006, 08:26:03
Yes, part of the "have you got a red under the bed" campaign or summat.

Scabrous Birdseed
01-06-2006, 15:34:30
So, k_g, could you explain why you're quoting me in your sig? Is it the combination of profanity and academic pretentiousness?