6.66 Heavy Metal Highlights of the PMRC Hearings

How Dee Snider and Frank Zappa took on censors in Congress—and how heavy metal won.

In September 1985, the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) took its case for governmental regulation of rock in general and heavy metal in particular before Congress. It was there that heavy metal effectively stood trial—and won.

The event was triggered by Tipper Gore, wife of Tennessee senator Al Gore, getting her girdle in a knot over hearing her eleven-year-old daughter groove to the line “masturbating with a magazine” from “Darling Nikki” by Prince.

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