Sep 162015

Press Release

Source: ABC PR w/Vanessa Menkes

September 19, 1985 was a historic day for all of us who work in the music business. That was the day that three musicians Frank Zappa, John Denver and Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider, were called to testify at a Senate hearing instigated by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), who wanted to introduce a parental warning system that would label all albums containing “offensive material.”

Snider recently wrote an Op-Ed piece about the experience for the Huffington Post HERE.

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister [2015] - photo credit: Mark Weiss

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister [2015] – photo credit: Mark Weiss

The system was to include letters identifying the type of objectionable content to be found in each album (e.g. O for occult themes, S for sex, D for drugs, V for violence, etc.), which resulted in the “Parental Advisory” sticker now found on new album releases with “questionable content.”

Click here to view the embedded video.

30th Anniversary of Senate Hearing Where Dee Snider Frank Zappa and John Denver Testified
Source: Guitar International Magazine