Launching The UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s centennial celebration, a series of events continuing through next year, Freedom Sings will perform songs that have at one time been censored or banned. Founded by the First Amendment Center in Nashville, the group includes award-winning recording artists who cover rock, pop and soul music hits spanning several generations. In between songs, Ken Paulson, founder of Freedom Sings and former editor of USA Today, will share the history of controversial tracks like REM’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It,” which Clear Channel ordered its radio stations to stop airing after the 9/11 attacks, and The Kingsmen’s “Louie, Louie,” which was the subject of an 18-month FBI investigation due to its allegedly profane yet mostly unintelligible lyrics.
7 p.m. · FREE! (tickets required) · classiccenter.com
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