Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Parental Advisory Jazz History

In 1990, the U.S. recording industry introduced Parent Advisory labels to identify music containing explicit lyrics, including depictions of violence and sex.

The story goes back some years earlier with Tipper Gore and the PMRC, rallying to stop the youth from getting their hands on such filth. Nothing much came of it, meaning it's completely up to the record companies to have the famous "Tipper Sticker" adorn their CD's labels.

However For consumers, obviously customers can't automatically assume that music without a label will be appropriate for all ages, and the fact retail chains, such as K-Mart and Wal-Mart, will not carry stickered products.

what does that mean for our Jazz History of Sex, Drugs, Violence, Hustling, Pimps and whores? The Kids will not be discovering Jelly Roll Morton at Wal-Mart any time soon...

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