“Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.” – Potter Stewart
Censorship is alive and well. Not that most of you thought it was gone, but for most Westerners, we take it for granted that (at least) a rock band can simply exist. That is not the case all around the world.
As I learned from an NPR story on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, there is a fantastic group of people pulling together a series of concerts dubbed The Impossible Music Sessions, helmed by creator and director Austin Dacey. The idea is that free musicians perform the works of banned musicians, while the banned musicians are part of the evening, via video chat.
In session 1, the band being silenced by their Iranian government is The Plastic Wave. After learning The Plastic Wave’s music over Skype and e-mail, U.S.-based band Cruel Black Dove performed a set in lieu/honor of The Plastic Wave at Brooklyn’s Littlefield music venue on March 3, 2010 while The Plastic Wave joined from a remote location. The following video gives a look in to the backstory.
For all kinds of great information on this important topic, visit Freemuse.org. Freemuse is a sponsor of The Impossible Music Sessions and an independent international organization which advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. And be sure to check out the recently released album, Listen To The Banned, presented by Freemuse and Deeyah.