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April 21, 2000

Vol 36 • No 104

Hear no evil

Musicians rock for closer look at West Memphis murder case.

The Evil Powers of Rock 'n' Roll Reflections on music, theater, and crime.

It is no longer uncommon, for instance, for defense lawyers to claim that a song or fictional character influenced a defendant accused of a crime. And many performers, especially of rap and heavy metal, are criticized for lyrics that seem to condone, or even promote, violence.