PHILADELPHIA - FIGHTING CENSORSHIP IN THE DELAWARE VALLEY

Musicians and fans are under attack. Take a look around. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have labeling bills ready to reintroduce in 1991. The Garden State Arts Center booked no rap, metal or alternative acts for their 1990 season. Store owners have gone to jail for selling "obscene" records. More and more major record companies now insist on reviewing lyrics before bands enter the studio.

If it looks pretty bad, that's because it is. Artists are denied the right to express themselves. Fans can't hear or see the performers they choose. It's time we fought back. It's time you fought back.

The FREE MUSIC COALITION was formed in Philadelphia, on July 11th, by a group of concerned fans, media persons and music professionals. Our first activity was a conscience raising petition drive, which gathered over 5000 signatures in a month's time. We continue to be committed to fighting censorship, by any means necessary.

The FREE MUSIC COALITION believes that censorship is un-democratic and un-American. We believe that all artists have the right to truly free self-expression. We believe that audiences have the right to hear the music that they choose.

The FREE MUSIC COALITION adamantly opposes censorship of any kind, be it explicit (such as the obscenity laws used in the 2 Live Crew case) or implicit, (such as "voluntary" warning labels that keeps music out of stores). We do not need to be protected from ourselves.

THE FREE MUSIC COALITION HAS THREE BASIC GOALS

1) To educate the public about the seriousness of the threats we are facing. Fundamentalist church groups, right-wing politicians and the police have formed a network to censor music. Fans need to understand this to effectively fight back.

2) To organize a counter attack. To be successful, we must band together. Only then will activities such as letter writing campaigns, petitions, boycotts and demonstrations produce results.

3) Make censorship illegal. The First Amendment is supposed to protect our freedom of expression. But lawmakers and police are able to twist the laws to stop ideas that they find dangerous or offensive. What we need is a law that prohibits the censoring and labeling of records, books, art, films, etc. Only then can artists create without a cloud of fear hanging over them. Only then can we enjoy the music we want to hear.

The FREE MUSIC COALITION needs you! The larger, more committed, the better organized we are, the sooner we will stop censorship and enjoy a healthy exchange of ideas.

PHILADELPHIA IS THE CRADLE OF LIBERTY...KEEP THE CRADLE ROCKIN' & RAPPIN!

TO CONTACT THE FREE MUSIC COALITION WRITE OR CALL:

Tim Dabariener
2216 Kater St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-2758

Steven Messick
P.O. Box 8992
Newark, DE 19714
(302) 731-5478

Shawn Poole
6048 Ogontz Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 365-2921

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