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VII. THE PMRC'S ANTI-METAL PANIC

CHAPTER VII SUMMARY
From SOUND OF THE BEAST:

While Slayer provoked the profane in its underworld, headbangers appeared in public everywhere, milling around strip malls with long, unkempt (and often kempt) hair and sporting T-shirts that bore the frequently frightful names and imagery of bands like Ratt, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, and Venom. America's authority figures were starting to feel greatly antagonized‹there remained a large group of people to whom a "deaf leopard" sounded like a bestial atrocity. In the eyes of the older generation, the highly visible and seemingly universal appeal of heavy metal was an invasion of something horribly wrong. After MTV brought the rock arena into the home, the entertaining hedonism that Ann Landers feared in the 1970s could no longer be contained solely in concert halls. Rebellion was now a fixture in American living rooms. Credit for the channel's popularity was shared by acts touting metal madness, like the carnally obsessed Scorpions, the hairy cross-dressers Twisted Sister, and the lipstick satanists Motley Crue. Twisted Sister, for instance, was a gang of big, hairy New Yorkers who dressed in exaggerated and ironic female drag. They were led by Dee Snider, a gruesome figure compared by Kerrang! to Bette Midler for his garish makeup and long, curling tresses. The band's immensely popular MTV hit "Wešre Not Gonna Take It" depicted the big-city monsters stomping through a suburban neighborhood -- a perfect cartoon of how the cable medium itself was snaking through the tidy lawns of the American Midwest...

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AC/DC PMRC
Anti-AC/DC pamphlet from Germany PMRC fund-raising letter
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Dee Snider's Teenage Survival Guide, published in 1987 COMING SOON
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