Since the dawn of rock 'n' roll, radio stations, TV networks and even entire countries have sought to silence controversial musicians by making their music, videos, and, in some cases, the artists themselves less accessible to the public. Provocative punk band Pussy Riot felt the burn of Moscow's censors Friday (Aug. 17), when each member of the trio was sentenced to two years in prison after being arrested in March on hooliganism charges. Although one of the most extreme examples, they're not the first artists to clash with conservative authorities. Here are 21 of music's most infamous banned moments.
1) Lady Gaga
Denied Permit for Indonesia Concert (2012)
Lady Gaga was forced to cancel a sold-out show in Indonesia after Islamic conservatives protested, saying that her sexy clothes and dance moves would corrupt the country's youth. The concert, originally scheduled for June 3, 2012, was opposed by both lawmakers and religious leaders, with some threatening to use physical force to prevent Mother Monster from exiting the plane. It was set to be the biggest show on the Asian leg of her "Born This Way Ball" tour, with fans snapping up tickets to the 52,000-seat show as soon as they went on sale.