Your Revolution (spoken word)

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Artist: Sarah Jones

Year: 2001, 2002, 2003

Date of Action: February 2002 - February 2003

Region: North America

Location: Portland, Oregon

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Music

Confronting Bodies: FCC

Description of Artwork: The spoken word piece is a feminist critique of modern rap music, and features "vivid sexual imagery" often found in other rap music.

The Incident: The FCC fined radio station KBOO-FM for airing the song after a listener complained that it was inappropriate (although the complaint was made a year before the FCC took any action).

Results of Incident: Sarah Jones sued the FCC for infringement of her first amendment rights and filed for an injunction to prevent the FCC from enforcing the fine. Ultimately, the FCC reversed its decision and declared the song was not profane.


The Strange Case of Sarah Jones, by Marjorie Heins, NCAC Newsletter (Issue 89, Spring 2003), APRIL 21, 2003

`Your Revolution' Songwriter Sues Fcc Over Radio Sanction, New York Times, February 3, 2002

The FCC wants to shut down "Your Revolution" - The revolution will not be televised, or broadcast, or even relayed via smoke signals, SFWeekly, Jun 27 2001

Performance of the piece YouTube