A.V. Club

Wiki Wormhole: Parental advisory: Album covers have been inciting controversy for decades

With more than 5.2 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or trying to determine precisely how tough the security aspect of cyber is. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,258,625-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: List of controversial album art

What it’s about: Popular music has always thrived on controversy, and music’s packaging has been no exception. Violent imagery; blasphemy; our nation’s long-standing discomfort with the human body; and even simple copyright issues have gotten artists of all stripes in trouble with censors, audiences, and retailers. We’ll try our best and think of the children as we peek through our fingers and take a look.

Strangest fact: While artists usually exist on releasing controversial art in defiance of their labels, with Jimi Hendrix, it was …

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