The Filthy Fifteen

It was over thirty years ago now that the very essence of rock and roll was put on trial when in 1985 an American Committee was formed known as the Parents Music Resource Centre (PMRC), driven by a group of four women labelled the ‘Hollywood Wives’. This was a direct reference to their husband’s connections with government in Washington DC. The women who founded the PMRC are Timmer Gore, wife of senator and later Vice President Al Gore, Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker, Pam Howar, wife of Washington Realtor Raymond Howar and Sally Nevius, wife of former Washington City Council chairman John Nevius. Not a bad group to draw on for power – and their sole purpose was aimed at increasing parental control over the access of children to music that was deemed to have violent, drug related or sexual themes via a labelling system on albums with Parental Advisory stickers. Basically they were offended by a couple of songs they heard and thought they’d lead a crusade against the rock and roll industry…