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Wednesday, September 12, 1990

The Michigan Daily
out on

Page 5

by Kristin Palm
w hile some groups are fighting
for their right to party, others are
.fighting for their right to perform -
and not just 2 Live Crew. Kid 'N
Play were arrested in Atlanta in July,
charged with an obscene perfor-
mance. Even more recently, three
members of a rock band, Too Much
Joy, were arrested for performing 2
Live Crew songs at a show in
Broward County, the same place
Luther Campbell and other members
of 2 Live Crew were busted.
< Sandy Smallens, the bass player
for Too Much Joy, said his group
pZrformed the songs in that county
as a protest and a way to test the
county officials' resolve to rid their
area of what has been deemed in
some circles as obscene speech.
Smallens, he said, believes the fact
Continued from page 1.
bbl what they feel is censorship.
Rae Cline, one of the organizers
of Ann Arbor-based Sense Against
Censorship, explained her group's
purpose: "Our main goal is just to
create an awareness with the com-
munity that will hopefully spread
*and inspire other groups like us
about his issue of censorship, that it
is going on, that it's not just a
bpnch of evil people putting out a
bunch of evil records.
t "It's normal folks that just want
to listen to the kind of music they
want to listen to, see the art they
Want to see, see the kind of movies
they want to see, etc. etc. - to just
*Jkind of get rid of this hype."
Continued from page 1.
the first time a ruling was issued
against 2 Live Crew, on an earlier
album, the judge was Black. "The
aw is color blind," he said.
New York attorney Stan Soocher,
* ho practices music law, was at a
more recent 2 Live Crew trial, where
the group's current album was
deemed obscene, and said race was an
issue there. "I can tell you, there
were comments made at the trial that
would lead me to believe it was
racist," he said.
- But Bruce Rogow, a professor of
law at Nova University in Ft. Laud-
rdale and 2 Live Crew's attorney,
said the charges of racism may be
'kaggerated. "I don't think it's any-
thing as concerted as that," he said.
'You know, I don't think anybody
said, 'Let's go out and get these
Black guys.' But i think that there's
no question that race weaves its way
ht and out of this kind of prosecu-
,tion," he said.
SvTo put this theory to a test,
Scarsdale, N.Y. rock group, Too
Much Joy, performed 2 Live Crew
songs in the same Florida county
where 2 Live Crew members were
arrested. Too Much Joy bass player
Sandy Smallens said he and his
bandmates basically issued a chal-
lenge to Broward County officials to
arrest their band since they are white
and most of the previous controversy
has surrounded Black groups.

Although Too Much Joy was ar-
rested, Smallens said he still be-
lieves race is a factor in the rise in
"Minority groups in arts and on
the fringe, like homosexuals and
Blacks, are in trouble. They're the
endangered species," he said.
Some members of the anti-cen-

The members of Too Much Joy are smiling here but may have been less cheerful on August 10th. That night
three group members were arrested on obscenity charges after performing several rock versions of 2 Live Crew

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