Charles Amirkhanian Collection ➔ Composer-to-Composer Festival: Censorship and Social Change (July 14, 1990)

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Event Type
Lectures and Panel Discussions
C Amirkhanian
Program Series
Composer-to-Composer Festival
Program Length
99 min
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1990-07-14 | created
The second panel discussion on July 14, 1990 during the Composer to Composer Festival focused on censorship and social change. Charles Amirkhanian moderates a discussion with Laurie Anderson, Larry Polansky, Jody Diamond, Ge Gan-Ru, and I Wayan Sadra, including questions and answers with audience members.

After playing excerpts from the first two tracks off of 2 Live Crew’s album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be”, conversations begin on numerous topics revolving around the ideas of artistic expression, political oppression and the use of power, and function of control in the lives of artists.

I Wayan Sadra relays examples of artistic oppression experienced in Indonesia (translated by Jody Diamond), followed by Ge Gan-Ru’s impression to Sadra’s experiences and his own experiences as an artist in China.

Pauline Oliveros and James Tenney offer commentary as audience members.

Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary) contributes to the conversation and gives background on his song “Don’t Ever Take Away My Freedom” before playing it for the audience. Ge Gan-Ru closes the panel by commenting on current politically oppressive policies and advises everyone to “keep their eyes open”.
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Musical Selections
Me So Horny [excerpt] -- Put Her In the Buck [excerpt] / 2 Live Crew -- Don’t Ever Take Away My Freedom (1972) (6:36) / Peter Yarrow
Peter Yarrow, guitar and vocals
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Questions and answers
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