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Music censorship interest group, known as the "Washington Wives". Formed in 1985 by Tipper Gore, Susan Baker, Pam Howar, Nancy Thurmond, and Sally Nevius. Without any valid scientific basis, ascribed multiple evils in society to be rooted in popular music -- see The PMRC Filthy Fifteen. The Recording Industry Association of America eventually added a "Parental Advisory -- Explicit Lyrics" label to certain products.

"The RIAA didn't agree to this stickering of albums on moral grounds, but business ones. The industry has a huge financial interest in anti-home taping and piracy legislation. And guess who runs the committee that oversees this legislation? Sen. Strom Thurmond, whose wife is a member of the PMRC. I think the connection's pretty clear. The record companies are willing to chop up artists' civil rights so that they won't have to lose any potential profits from their anti-home-taping and piracy campaign. [...]

"The record industry is acting like of bunch of cowards. They're scared to death of the fundamentalist right and want to throw them a bone in hopes that they'll go away. But this stickering program will just start a precedent -- they'll always want more." -- Frank Zappa, quoted in Parents Warn: Take the Sex and Shock out of Rock, Los Angeles Times, 25-Aug-1985

Founding Date:
1985

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Tipper Gore
First Lady
19-Aug-1948   Estranged wife of Al Gore


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