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Don’t Knock The Rock

Now that Tipper Gore is in the news because of her divorce from the man who invented “took the initiative in creating” the interwebs, all I can think of are:

this video of Jello Biafra pwning Tipper and her PMRC Crusade on The Oprah Winfrey show (turn up the volume; Harpo doesn’t want you to hear this),

– Bloom County’s Deathöngue being dragged before Tipper Gore and a horde of congressional wives, thus causing their change of band name to Billy & The Boingers, and

– Hilarious Duck | Tipper Gore To Be Inducted Into Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame

… if that wasn’t enough to inflame the rage of those that remembered Gore“s past as Public Enemy No. 1, Al Gore, himself, during his bid for the presidency in 2000, was, surprisingly enough, financially backed by such famous rock stars as Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh, Stevie Nicks and Dweezil Zappa, son of one of Tipper Gore“s most outspoken opponents, Frank Zappa.

When asked why Tipper Gore was being inducted in the Rock ˜n“ Roll Hall of Fame, spokeswoman for the institution, Helen Gurchnecht, replied, “The Hall of Fame is going ˜green“ this year and there’s nothing more ˜green“ than the Gores. Rock ˜n“ Roll is no longer about playing loud, living fast and expressing yourself creatively. These days, it’s more about whether or not you bring your own shopping bag to the grocery store. Or if you decide to walk to church instead of taking the family SUV.

If you’re ever in Cleveland, visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and check out the Don’t Knock The Rock exhibit on musical free speech. Edit: Yes, Tipper Gore is referenced in it, but no, she wasn’t really inducted.

3 comments… add one
  • theumpteenthtimes June 2, 2010, 3:49 PM

    You can read a revised version of this article @ http://theumpteenthtimes.com/?p=162

    “Music News That’s Fit to Fake”

  • Michael Homan June 2, 2010, 8:07 PM

    I remember so well the Jello critique of Tipper’s call for censorship. And Frank Zappa, and even John Denver. And really, really, is Tipper in the Rock N roll hall of fame? That’s so insane.

  • Maitri June 3, 2010, 9:31 AM

    No, Michael, she is not, thank Yahweh. It was a spoof piece written to highlight the weirdness that was Tipper Gore, music censor in the 80s vs. Tipper Gore, liberal savior of the MTV generation in the 90s.

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