After 9/11 when USA witnessed probably the most tragic incident in its history, Clear Channel Organization that runs multiple radio channels in USA took out an internal memorandum.
The memorandum had a list songs that the channels were banned from playing. The songs were considered to be hurtful to the emotions of people of America who had undergone a horrific tragedy. Most of the songs in the list were understandably unfit for playing during times. A casual reference to air planes for anti-establishment lyrics would have upset the people who needed a calm and peaceful environment.
The song ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ was listed in their as well.
The basis to include the song in that list is still not clear. It might be that the song is too sombre and can depress a grieving audience.
Such are the vagaries of human emotion. A song that pays tribute might also make one depressed.
It’s a coincidence that Bob Dylan’s album ‘Love & Theft’ released on the same day when th tragic incident of 9/11 occurred. When asked about 9/11 Dylan said,”
“it is time to change the internal world.” Considering the internationalRupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities (3.2), Ed. Tirtha Prasad Mukhopadhyay,
conflicts, oil depletion, the destruction of the natural world, our culture’s disregard for the arts,
amongst other detrimental qualities of the modern world, Dylan’s advice to change “the internal
world” means he finds little-to-no hope of avoiding continued large-scale disasters like that of
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