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History of Banned Music

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It’s common knowledge that Ed Sullivan trained his cameras on Elvis Presley’s less controversial upper half in the 1950s, but who knew that Verdi’s ”La Traviata” was gutted to remove ”suggestive lyrics” in the 1850s? Ohio author Eric Nuzum knew, and designed this well-researched ”primer,” a visually striking site offering copious trivia, from the edgy (”Cop Killer”) to the amusing (the 1956 novelty ”Transfusion” was once silenced because an exec decided ”there’s nothing funny about a blood transfusion”). Next for Nuzum: a book on the subject. Dare we hope for ”The History of Banned Band Music,” a collection of Sousa’s filthiest marches?

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