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date: 20 October 2020

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This chapter examines censorship in relation to music and the AIDS crisis and the social or political timidity that seems to characterize such music. It argues that music about AIDS reflects a combination of caution and defiance, provocation and obscurity, and tends to foreground implicit feelings of transgression. The chapter supports its arguments by presenting musical works that represent most of the major genres on sale in record stores, including classical, avant-garde, musicals, and film scores. It also cites the work of Frank Zappa and how it underwent a process that mirrors the problems of popular and avant-garde music.

Keywords: censorship, music, AIDS, avant-garde music, musicals, film scores, Frank Zappa, popular music

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