Rock icon Nick Cave talked with 'UnHerd' host Freddie Sayers to discuss his book, 'Faith, Hope and Carnage,' saying that he sees human beings in a completely different way than he did early in his career, and said he is now a "more complete person." Sayers noted that the punk rocker turned "church-going person" might seem unrecognizable, but Cave said he simply gets a delight by "f-----g with people" and "living outside the expectation" of others. Today, for Cave, an avid church-goer, it means "you go to church and be a conservative". Cave also talks a lot about cancel culture and censorship.

"I just think this whole idea of changing words and books because they make one uncomfortable or taking the rape scenes out of the 'Metamorphoses' — this is, to me, it’s not just dangerous. You start there, and where do you finish?" - Patti Smith talks about historical context of works of art in The Active Voice podcast. She also shares a few thoughts on cancel culture: "I’m always optimistic. I just refuse to be pessimistic. Pessimism breeds nothing. A pessimistic person does not create anything. A pessimistic person does not envision anything. It’s not that I feel pessimistic. I just feel that people are moving too quickly via social media, not examining everything in a cubistic way, not examining all the facets of things, not trying to understand how certain things fit in the context of the history that happened or when they happened."

Crime and punishment
February 22, 2023

Russia's music scene losing the war to state repression

"Since the war with Ukraine, dissenting Russian bands have been canceled en masse, including many of the scene's original founders. Bands who faced censorship, harassment and intimidation during the Soviet days are now experiencing the same thing some 40 years later" - Bandsplaning looks beyond the Russia-Ukraine frontline and into the ever-shrinking freedom of expression the Russian musicians are facing. Since the start of the war a year ago, according to one promoter, around 30% of Russian domestic performers left the country or stopped performing.

The New Autocensorgraphers
January 30, 2020

The New Pornographers change their name for new kids' shirts

Normally, this would have been some satire, but in this case it's just - self-censorship. Indie-rockers from the not-so-unliberal Canada, the New Pornographers have released a new kids’ shirt with the censored name “The News Photographers”, as they announced on their Instagram. The shirt also features the artwork and title of their most recent album 'In the Morse Code of Brake Lights'. Well, maybe it's just a joke. Or, it's - a joke.

Turkish authorities in Istanbul have detained Amir Tataloo, real name Amirhossein Maghsoudloo after he was flagged as a wanted person by Interpol. A popular but controversial figure in Iran, the rapper is known for his outspoken criticism of the country's government. Police said Iran's judicial authorities had made the request for Tataloo's arrest "for encouraging citizens, especially young people, to use drugs, especially psychotropic drugs, and for spreading corruption."

Rolling Stone made a selection of 20 album covers censored in the US. However bizarre it might seem today, The Mamas and the Papas had their cover for their album 'If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears' censored in 1966 because it was showing - a toilet. 47 years later Sky Ferreira was also […]

Yesterday it was sexually inappropriate, today it's "a culturally significant image", which it really is. A good move, Facebook! Social media also revealed that it would now consider the newsworthiness or importance of the subject matter in the future, when deciding whether to allow posts containing similar images, Ultimate Classic Rock reports.

Facebook has started banning artwork from Led Zeppelin's classic album 'Houses of the Holy', and really, a classic design. The cover was created by Hipgnosis designer Aubrey Powell, the photo was originally captured among the basalt columns of Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway. In the surreal image, a group of naked figures (who were portrayed by […]

Onscreen depiction of homosexuality in Elton John's biopic 'Rocketman' was too much for conservative Pacific nation Samoa so they banned it, Deutsche Welle reports. Samoa's principal censor, Leiataua Niuapu Faaui, said 'Rocketman's' homosexual content clashed with residents' strong Christian beliefs and violated the country's laws, including the 2013 Crimes Act, under which sodomy is punishable […]