Banned Books Week is September 25-October 1. During that time, come check out our Banned Music exhibit and see music-related items from our library that were banned throughout history. This year, our exhibit focuses on Banned Band Music. Get it?
Our exhibit focuses on 3 examples of censored band music. The first is Max Roach’s jazz band album, We Insist- Freedom Now Suite. Filled with political activism, it was banned in South Africa for its criticism of a government-led massacre. The next work is Paul Hindemith’s concert band piece, Symphony in B Flat. This work was banned by the Nazi regime during its crusade against so-called degenerate art. The third censored work is John Philip Sousa’s The Wets and the Drys. This satirical piece imagines an interaction between 2 groups of tee-totalers and drinkers. A dry county in New Jersey was not amused by Sousa’s plan to perform this piece.
Our exhibit is part of a nationwide event, Banned Books Week, which annually celebrates the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. For more information, check out http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/.
We now have digital signage in the Music Library right next to the front desk, above the New Acquisitions table. This will make it easier to keep up with current events and announcements. Many of our slides are designed by yourfellow students. If you haven’t been to the Music Library yet, stop in and see what exciting things we have to offer!
Banned Books Week is September 25-October 1. Come check out the Music Library Banned Music exhibit all week to see music-related items from our library that were banned throughout history. The reasons for their censorship vary from political themes to explicit lyrics.
Our exhibit featuring banned music is part of a nationwide event, Banned Books Week, which annually celebrates the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. For more information, check out http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/.