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Ten O'Clock News; Frank Zappa on rating rock lyrics


Kennedy School forum on rating lyrics. Woman speaks on a Senate hearing on the Parent Music Resource Center proposal, which says the record companies have a responsibility to identify recordings with explicit lyrics, and have the option to print the lyrics on the album covers. Frank Zappa speaks. He argues against the Senate hearing, especially advocating for the rights of those who wrote the lyrics. He quotes PMRC member, Tipper Gore. He recounts the Senate hearing. Throughout his comments, he pokes fun at those involved.

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Ten O'Clock News

Frank Zappa on rating rock lyrics

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Broadcast program

Media Type


Zappa, Frank
Gore, Tipper, 1948-
Heckler, Margaret
Speeches, addresses, etc
Freedom of speech
Cambridge (Mass.)
News Report
Heckler, Margaret (Speaker)
George, Christy (Reporter)
Zappa, Frank (Speaker)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Frank Zappa on rating rock lyrics,” 10/31/1985, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 14, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4EA6E451F2D4446A9AFB084EC3FCB016.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Frank Zappa on rating rock lyrics.” 10/31/1985. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 14, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4EA6E451F2D4446A9AFB084EC3FCB016>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Frank Zappa on rating rock lyrics. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4EA6E451F2D4446A9AFB084EC3FCB016
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