Dee Snider Says The ‘Bipartisan Attack’ On Free Speech Caught Him Off Guard
In a recent interview with Deadline, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider shared his thoughts about being an advocate for freedom of expression and creative license.
In 1985, the Parents Music Resource Center scrutinized Twisted Sister alongside a few other bands, such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and AC/DC, for their alleged negative influence on young children. The PMRC filed a lawsuit against mainstream rock and metal music, and many the musicians, such as Snider, Frank Zappa, and John Denver, sought to combat the claims against them and refused censorship.
The former Twisted Sister frontman recently released a graphic novel called ‘Dee Snider: HE’S NOT GONNA TAKE IT’ to change the narrative circulating about the case against the PMRC. The metal vocalist decided to share his side of the story without including the other rockers who were there that day. The rocker’s next venture is a documentary that discusses his, Frank Zappa, and John Denver’s appearance before a Senate committee in 1985.
Dee Snider recently stated that being in the middle of a bipartisan attack on freedom of speech came out of nowhere. At the time, he was experiencing the prime of his career, but the PMRC was trying to silence him. He added that although some of his peers saw backing down as their only option, he didn’t listen to them and fought back against people that wanted to take them down. Someone had to fight for their rights, and he didn’t shy away from taking on that role.
Snider’s words about freedom of speech and PMRC’s actions towards him:
“To be in the crosshairs of this bipartisan attack on free speech caught me completely off guard. All my rock and roll dreams were finally coming true, and the PMRC was trying to shut me up. Some of my peers thought we should ignore them, but I couldn’t. To quote a brilliant man, ‘This is our life, this is our song!’ Someone had to fight back, and I fought hard!”
The vocalist has partnered with Magilla Entertainment for a documentary series titled ‘The Filthy Fifteen: Censorship & the War on Dirty Lyrics.’ The series will follow the storyline of Tipper Gore and ‘The Parents Music Resource Center’s efforts 37 years ago to halt ‘vulgar’ music.