Best Of '99: Courting Controversy

SonicNet Music News followed the year's controversies as everyone from parents to the president to the former Prince got involved.

During the holiday season, SonicNet Music News is featuring a "Best

of '99" series. We are using the occasion to look back at some of the

year's best stories, as chosen by our writers and editors. The "Best of

'99" series features one of 16 categories each day, through Jan. 2.

In this installment, we remember the year's biggest controversies.

Ever since Ed Sullivan ordered his cameras off the gyrating hips of Elvis

Presley, the provocations of rock 'n' roll have incited outraged reactions.

That continued in 1999, with Marilyn Manson on the receiving end of flying

accusations in the wake of the Columbine High School tragedy, Jerry Falwell

turning his attention from Tinky Winky to the Lilith Fair, and lawmakers

demanding that record stores divulge lyrics to parents.

The year also saw music publications tangled up in controversy: A

Blaze editor claimed to have been fired for supporting a friend

charged with murder, parents in Wisconsin tried to keep Rolling

Stone from their children, and The Artist sued a fanzine for the use of

his name and picture.

Click on the stories below to read about those controversies and others

concerning artists such as Rage Against the Machine, Offspring and OutKast,

or read the stories directly from the front page of SonicNet Music

News.

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=514121">Clinton's

Attack On Entertainment Angers Rockers, Industry People

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=511747">Thousands

Demand Refunds For Rage Mumia Benefit Show

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=512933">Controversial

Blaze Editor Fired

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=515321">Jerry

Falwell's Magazine Blames Lilith Fair For Pushing Paganism,

Lesbianism

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=514388">Silverchair, O

ffspring Lyrics Spark Call To Ax Atlanta RockFest

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=513615">OutKast

Sued By Civil-Rights Activist Rosa Parks

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=513702">Lawmaker

Says Marilyn Manson Puts Fans Under Spell

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=512092">School

Demands Parent OK To Read Rolling Stone

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=512301">Manson

Countersues Ex-Spin Editor To Tune Of $40M

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=511556">Berkeley

Club That Launched Green Day Under Attack

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=515150">Proposed

Law Requires Retailers To Provide Lyrics On Demand

The

Artist Sues Websites, Fanzine

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=513678">Hole Say

Manson Tour Exposed Them To 'Ridicule'

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=520062">Third Eye

Blind Drop Lyrics At Label's Request

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Previously in the "Best of '99" series:

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=570219">Best of '99: Music That Rocked The World

Best of '99: Albums That Got Away

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=570225">Best of '99: Breakin' The News

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=619916">Best of

'99: The Digital Music Revolution

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=619978">Best of

'99: The Trials And Tribulations Of ODB

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=620006">Best of

'99: The Trends They Are A-Changin'

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=620005">Best of

'99: The '80s Invasion

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=620004">Best of

'99: Love Ya Live

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=620058">Best of

'99: In My Opinion ...

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=620053">Best of

'99: Woodstock — The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/news/archive/story.jhtml?id=620052">Best of

'99: Scott Weiland, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll