Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The FBI Report on "Louie Louie"

For Banned Books Week, we have a display of banned music and books about music censorship. Among the songs we highlight is "Louie, Louie" by the Kingsmen, which Indiana governor Gov. Matthew Welsh deemed pornographic; he asked the state broadcasters association to ban the song.

Especially for primary source material enthusiasts, here is the FBI report on the investigation of the song's reported obscene lyrics, including the laboratory report that they "were unable to determine any of the wording in the record."

Thank you to Amanda Raab at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives for bringing this to our attention.

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