In 1985, Charlie Burner is a hotshot political lobbyist for the music industry pushing for a blank tape tax in Washington DC, only to find himself facing new political headwinds. They come from the Parent Music Resource Center, a lobby group headed by Tipper Gore and several fellow Congressional wives on a self-appointed crusade against what they consider objectionable popular music. Despite Burner's dismissal of this group, the PMRC proves to be a burgeoning new threat to music's freedom of expression and the intellectual avant-guarde musician, Frank Zappa, pushes for him to fight back. Inspired to take a stand with a US Senate hearing scheduled, Burner can only to find three musicians willing to attend in opposition, the provocative Zappa, the outrageous heavy metal star, Dee Snider and the seemingly innocuous folk music legend, John Denver. Together, these disparate musicians would take on the self-righteous crusade against their art with powerful rhetoric no one sees coming.
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Censorship is a dirty word.
Did You Know?
The music store depicted in the film is the interior of Sound Exchange, located at 1846 Richmond Avenue in the Montrose District in Houston, Texas. The "Sound Exchange" banner seen before the movie's end is actually the real banner used at the original location, at 1718 Westheimer, before the record store moved to its current location in 1997. See more
The end credits state none of Frank Zappa
's albums received a
Parental Advisory sticker, when in fact "Jazz From Hell" (ironically a purely instrumental album) was tagged with a Parental Advisory warning by the distributor. See more
Mr. Snider, can you tell me why you felt it necessary to *attack* Senator Gore's wife?
I wasn't attacking Senator Gore's wife.
You were *just* attacking Senator Gore's wife by name.
I was attacking a member of the PMRC by the name of Tipper Gore, who *happens* to be married to a senator on this committee... funny how that worked out.
During the final credits, the movie cuts back and forth between the video for the Twisted Sister song "We're Not Gonna Take It" and shots of the movie's cast and crew dancing and singing along with the song. See more
We're Not Gonna Take It
Written by Dee Snider
Performed by Twisted Sister See more