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DEE SNIDER's 1985 Fight Against The PMRC Is Getting Its Own Comic Book

He actually didn't take it, and he won.

Dee Snider Comic

The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was a committee formed in 1985 with the goal of forcing the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) into creating a "rating system" for music. Basically albums would be rated on their lyrical content and themes, this way parents could control what their kids were getting into.

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The system failed and the PMRC was eventually shut down in the '90s, but there were plenty of hearings and conversations before that. On September 19, 1985, Dee Snider, Frank Zappa, and John Denver testified against the PMRC before the Senate in what was deemed a hearing on "porn rock." Snider's journey to the Senate and subsequent hearing is now being turned into a comic called He's Not Gonna Take It by Z2 Comics.

"The name of Dee Snider is synonymous with the battle for freedom of expression in the arts," reads the description of the comic. "This new graphic novel will follow the impact of it throughout Dee's life. From a childhood where he was frequently silenced, through the early efforts to stifle his band's music, to the open warfare of the PMRC hearings in Washington DC, and his current efforts on social media, He's Not Gonna Take It tells the story of why free speech is so important to this man who has fought for it. Even when it endangered everything that was important to him."

He's Not Gonna Take It is out March 23 and pre-orders are available here. In the meantime, check out Dee Snider's full testimony before the Senate below. It's impressive as hell.

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