Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: When The Ramones were banned in Norway.

Here is one of the stranger examples of guilt by association.  Back in the early 90s, it became fashionable for Scandinavian black metal musicians and fans to burn down churches.

In 1994, a dude man broke into a church in Norway, tearing the place apart and causing thousands of dollars in damage.  When he was caught, the authorities noted that he was wearing a Ramones t-shirt.

Aha! A clue! They must be one of those awful bands inspiring young people to commit such atrocious and sacrilegious acts!

As a result, the Ramones were banned from performing anywhere in Norway. It took a little while to sort all that out.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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