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Youth Violence Insights 8801

    Youth Violence

     Insights and Solutions

    What does the future hold for our children?

    By: Steve R. Robertson,

    10620 Le Conte Ave

    Los Angeles, CA 90024

    (310) 871-2965 PH

    This information has been researched and compiled by Steve Robertson 10620 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 871-2965

    WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR OUR CHILDREN?

    "U.S. World leader in youth homicides. Ninety percent of youth homicides in the industrial world occur in the United States. The U.S. also had more children living in poverty - 20 percent - than any other industrialized nation, UNICEF says. - Newsday 10/26/93

    President Bill Clinton - "I tell you, unless we do something about crime and drugs and violence that is ravaging our country, it will destroy us. (Without changes) from the inside out (nothing that politicians might try could end what he later described as public pathology.) - San Francisco Examiner 11/14/93

    Thich Nhat Hanh - "The healing of ourselves is the healing of the whole nation. Society is only a manifestation of our collective consciousness and our collective consciousness has a lot of fear, violence and hatred in it. We have so much violence, hatred and fear, and it is expressed in our magazines, television, films, and advertisements. "- Transforming Our Suffering

    "As a physician," says Dr. Barbara Staggers, "I'm dealing with people (teenagers) who are incredibly resilient physically. Yet they still see their most positive option as being dead." - as quoted from the Dec. 9, 1993 issue of Rolling Stones magazine entitled "If the symptoms are rapid increases in teen deaths from murder, suicide and car crashes, alcohol and drugs...The Disease Is Adolescence."

    "We literally have an epidemic of violence now. The number of young teenagers involved in violence is new. They've never learned how to argue and resolve conflict. Instead they go straight for a weapon."- Ellen H. Taliaferro, M.D., Emergency Physician at San Francisco General Hospital, as quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle 9/26/93

    "Violence is the leading cause of lost life in this country today. When young people don't have any hope for the future they'll do anything." - Dr.David Satcher, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, as quoted in the New York Times 9/26/93

    More people than ever before are seriously depressed, and younger people are hardest hit. Overall, depression rates have increased and younger adults are getting sick at higher rates than their elders. - report issued from the Journal of the American Medical Association 11/92

    (Violence) It is the nation's 12th leading cause of death and the No. 1 cause of death and disability for people age 15 to 34. Young black men are more likely to be murdered than to die of any other cause. An estimated 4,000,000 women are raped each year and 1,500,000 children are abused each year. - Statistics from the Center for Disease Control, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times 10/3/93

    An American now falls victim to violent crime every 22 seconds. Most violent crimes, particularly rape and aggravated assault, continue their steady climb. Of the 14,440,000 crimes tallied in the index nationwide, about 1,930,000 (or one in seven) were violent: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. - From the FBI's Annual Report on Crime, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times 10/3/93

    In one of the largest longitudinal studies of violent youth, scientist followed about 4,000 youngsters in Denver, Pittsburgh and Rochester, N.Y., for 5 years. By the age of 16, more than half admitted to some form of violent criminal behavior, says Terence P. Thornberry, the principal investigator in Rochester and a psychologist at the State University of New York in Albany. "Violence among teenagers is almost normative in our society, ... Prevention programs need to start very early (maybe before elementary school) ...Waiting until the teenage years is too late." says Thornberry

    This information has been researched and compiled by Steve Robertson 10620 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 871-2965

    Violence

"The number of young teenagers involved in violence is new. They've never learned how to argue and resolve conflict.

    Instead, they go straight for a weapon." - Ellen H. Taliferro, M.D., Emergency Physician at San Francisco General Hospital,

    as quoted in the Sept. 26, 1993 article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"One guy who committed a murder told me he was 'just having a bad day,' said sociologist Elijah Anderson about a person he

    interviewed. Anderson continues, 'The guy he was trying to rob didn't cooperate, and he shot him. He thought it was really

    the victims fault, that he should have known better." - from the Nov. 29, 1993 issue of NEWSWEEK.

Examples of the Violence:

    "Last year, 304 school employees were attacked in Palm Beach County. • Two Irving Middle School seventh graders in Lorain, Ohio, were charged in January with plotting to kill their English teacher with a 12-inch fish-filleting knife. As 15

    students placed bets on the girls' plot. • In Columbus, Ga., seven students were sentenced this summer to community service

    for planning to poison their teacher's iced tea and trip her on the stairs because they thought she was too strict. The sixth-

    graders also brought a knife and a gun to school. - Gannett News Service, as reported in the Oct. 25, 1993 Marin Indep.

    Journal.

Huntington Beach, Orange County: Two (13-year-old) eighth graders and one (12-year-old) seventh grader had planned to

    take a teacher and an entire classroom hostage, and brought a small arsenal of weapons to school Thursday to execute their

    plan. ...officers searching the backpack of one of the 13-year-olds found two pistols, a machete, and a dagger. - The San

    Francisco Chronicle 10/9/93

"X-ray shows metal rod imbedded in the skull of a 17-year-old Orange County youth. Four adults and five juveniles are in

    custody in connection with the Friday night attack on the boy."

    - San Francisco Examiner, Oct. 19, 1993

Two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old, who packed a .38-caliber revolver, laughed about their exploits when police finally

    caught them. (Redwood, CA. police Detective Brian Weiss stated) "In thinking back, I cannot remember carjacking by

    females, to begin with,and then three females doing three carjackings at gunpoint." - San Francisco Chronicle 4/93

"Recently my 6-year-old son had a playmate from his kindergarten class over to our house. My son was playing with a toy

    that the other little boy wanted, and when my son wouldn't give it to him the boy told my son that he was going to kill him.

    He then ran into our kitchen and got a knife our of a drawer." - a letter written to the San Francisco Chronicle advice column

    entitled "Families Today." (10/25/93)

19 year old Iowan Justin Voelkers (a gang member who grew up on a farm) gave Michelle Jensen to the count of five to stop

    walking and sit on the ground. She continued walking and he shot her in the head with a sawed-off shotgun. Afterwards he

    and fellow gang members drove to a Hardee‟s for a hamburger. Asked by a sheriff‟s deputy if it had been hard for him to eat

    after killing Michelle he replied: “No, not really. I was hungry. I wasn‟t even thinking about it.” In his video tape

    confession Justin said the gang was after money and power when Michelle was killed: “Money will get you power. Power

    and money are everything.” - The New York Times, May 18, 1994

"In San Antonio, TX, recently, a 13-year-old girl allegedly beat and then held down another girl while police say several boys

    sexually assaulted her. • In New Orleans, a 16-year-old schoolgirl pulled out a six-inch kitchen knife and plunged it into a

    classmate's back.

    - NEWSWEEK, August 2, 1993.

"If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed." - Ancient Chinese Proverb

    This information has been researched and compiled by Steve Robertson 10620 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 871-2965

    LOOKING FOR THE "ROOT CAUSES" OF VIOLENCE

    "The lack of self-esteem is central to most personal and social ills plaguing our state and nation as we approach the end of the twentieth century." - Key Findings of the California Task Force to Promote Self-esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility, final report 1/90

    "When young people don't have any hope for the future they'll do anything." - Dr. David Satcher, Director of the Center for Disease Control.

    "There clearly is an association between embracing heavy metal (music) and risky behavior (smoking marijuana, cheating, stealing, drinking, alcohol and having sex.)" - the results of Dr. Jonathan Klein's research which surveyed 2,760 adolescents 14 to 16 years old; as published in the July 12, 1993 issue of USA TODAY.

     ”The introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as though imperiling the whole state, since styles of music are never disturbed without effecting the most important political institutions.” Plato (The Republic)

    At a recent congressional hearing on the rising firearm deaths among U.S. Teenagers child advocates cite a range of causes. ..."the easy accessibility of gun, increasing drug traffic, glorification of violence in the media and the breakdown of the family." - as reported in the Washington Post.

    "...violence is only one component of a broad problem in the entertainment and telecommunications industries. Irresponsibility, lack of respect for human dignity, greed, arrogance, the absence of taste, and cynicism are among its fellow culprits. Too often, movies, television and popular music aren't reflecting society; they're effectively seeking to destroy it." - from the July 1, 1993 San Francisco Chronicle article entitled "Networks' Phony TV Violence Alert."

    Regarding the movie "Menace II Society" - "They (the audience) cheered when O-Dog shot and killed the Asian store owner and cheered again when he kicked back and watched the videotape of the murder. When the guys who killed Caine's cousin were killed in retaliation, the audience cheered just as loud." - from the essay of Will Johnson of the staff of YO! as reported in the San Francisco Examiner on July 4, 1993.

“At the same time, because we are being so inundated with violent images both artful and manipulative - its

    almost impossible to resist growing numb. We run the risk of becoming insensitive to the horror of suffering..." - as reported on April 1, 1991 in Newsweek's cover article entitled 'Violence goes Mainstream - Are There Any Limits Left?'

    "The Violence in Our Heads. The culture of aggression shows up in our speech, our play and our entertainment. It's better than hip, it's commercial. The constant repetition of violence desensitizes us in much the same way a therapist desensitizes a phobia patient."

    - Dan Gelman, from his August 2, 1993 article in NEWSWEEK.

     "Tough girls often try to emulate males such as gangsta rapper ICE CUBE"- from the April 11, 1993 San Francisco Examiner article entitled "Are girls getting meaner than boys?" • From an advertisement in Bill Board

    Magazine for the new Rap album from BO$$, the album is entitled "BORN GANGSTAZ," released on the CHAOS record label, a trademark of Sony Music Entertainment.

    "T-shirts are broadcasting more direct messages (Don't mess with me) - and so are rap lyrics: "Beat that bitch with a bat," one of them urges. "Violence is hip right now," says Jack Levin, a professor of sociology and criminology at Northeastern University. Better than hip, it's commercial. - as reported in the August 2, 1993 issue of NEWSWEEK.

    This information has been researched and compiled by Steve Robertson 10620 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 871-2965

    The Message of Music

    Is There A Relationship Between Music and Violence?

    "If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer." - Confucius

    According to the December 11, 1993 Billboard 200 chart the #1 album (selling over 800,000 units in the first week) was "Doggy Style" a rap album (released by Death Row/Interscope records) by Snoop Doggy Dogg who was recently indicted for murder. Guns N' Roses (Axl Rose's) album entitled "The Spaghetti Incident" which featured the song written by the mass murderer Charles Manson came out as the # 4 album on the Billboard 200 charts. And, coming in at the #5 album on the Billboard 200 chart was "The Bevis and ButtHead Experience" which featured Nirvana's song "I Hate Myself and Want to Die," White Zomie's song "I Am Hell," Anthrax's song "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun," Megadeath's song "99 Ways to Die," and The Red Hot Chili Peppers' song "Search and Destroy."

    "Emotions of any kind are produced by melody and rhythm; therefore by music a man becomes accustomed to feeling the right emotions; music has thus the power to form character, and the various kinds of music based on the various modes, may be distinguished by their effects on character - one, for example working in the direction of melancholy, another of effeminacy, one encouraging abandonment, another self-control, another enthusiasm, and so on through the series." - Aristotle

"NEW GENERATION DECIDES MASS MURDER IS COOL (headlines read). Thanks largely to Axl Rose

    lead singer of the phenomenally popular rock band Guns N' Roses, (Charles) Manson is basking in a new glow of popularity among some to young to remember the grisly events of August 1969. The T-shirt, which Axl Rose popularized by wearing on the Guns N' Roses latest concert tour and in its latest video, has Manson's face on one side and the slogan "Charlie Don't Surf" on the other." - The San Francisco Examiner, December 19, 1993.

    "An innovation in musical style has invariably been followed by an innovation in politics and morals." - Cyril Scott

"Any Channel Can Deliver Eyeballs. But How Many Can Include Hearts and Minds?"

    - An advertisement by MTV in the July 12, 1993 issue of the Wall Street Journal. • On the cover of the August 3,

    1991 Billboard Magazine a large advertisement reads "KEEP MUSIC EVIL."

    "My basic motivation is that I hate everything" (according to Rob Zombie, lead singer for White Zombie). Rob Zombie's new side project is designing cannibal trading cards for the same gleefully depraved company that has already given us serial-killer cards." White Zombie's album entitled "Make Them Die Slowly" helped to bring the group's overall record sales to over 300,000 units. - Rolling Stone magazine, December 9, 1993.

    Music effects the mind/consciousness because of a law of physics know as the Law of Sympathetic Vibration. This Law of Physics works as follows: Take any two string-type

    (acoustical) instruments such as a piano, violin, or guitar, and place them near one another. As the string on instrument A is struck the vibration from that instrument will carry across a room and strike the string of the untouched instrument B causing it to vibrate. Similarly, the Law of Sympathetic Vibration facilitates the communication and transference of a song's emotional message (the harmony, melody, and lyrical content) from the mind of the composer and/or performers to the mind of the listener thus causing the consciousness of the individual to begin to resonate, feel, and take on the corresponding emotional essence of a song (happy or depressed, peaceful or violent, calm or agitated, hopeful or hopeless). This same law of physics is responsible for causing a person to get goose bumps when listening to a particular song.

    - Steve Robertson

    ..."Ten years ago I started noticing how teens were moved to violence by rock concerts.." Jack Canfield, considered the Guru of Self-Esteem, June 11, 1992 correspondence to Steve Robertson.

    This information has been researched and compiled by Steve Robertson 10620 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 871-2965

    The Message of Music

    Is There A Relationship Between Music and Violence?(con't)

    "Heavy metal is music of choice for teens at risk. There clearly is an association between embracing heavy metal (music) and risky behavior (smoking marijuana, cheating, stealing, drinking, alcohol and having sex.)" - the results of Dr. Jonathan Klein's research which surveyed 2,760 adolescents 14 to 16 years old; as published in the July 12, 1993 issue of USA TODAY.

"American culture as defined by (feature films, television shows, video cassettes,) and

    music concerts is the definitive popular culture of the World." - Peter Sealy, V.P. and Director of Global Marketing for Coca Cola as quoted in the 11/11/91 issue of ADWEEK.

“The fact is that all types of musicians, good and bad, tend to be quite aware of the communicative power of tonal

    art. Through this communicative power, the emotional state of one artist can be transfered to a hundred, or even ten million listeners." - David Tame, renown music researcher and author of 'The Secret Power of Music.'

    "Nirvana's second album (..In Utero -"in the womb" - which features the song "I Hate Myself and Want to Die") has sold over 9,000,000 copies worldwide. ...is an uncompromising album full of harsh guitars and aggressive rhythms... (guitarist/vocalist Kurt Cobain comments - ) "We intentionally made an aggressive record. ...The guitar players I'm fond of are like from Scratch Acid and the first White Zombie EP"...with mumbled lyrics transcribed in their entirety in the liner notes as, 'F-- Shit Piss'... (bass player Chris Novoselic comments -) "We have to be a good role model to people. I try not to brag about being a drunkard or a pot smoker." - Request mag 11/93

    Surely the lowest common denominator which determines the precise nature of any musical work is the mental and emotional state of the composer and/or performer. It is the essence of this state which enters us, tending to mold and shape our own consciousness into conformity with itself." - David Tame, renown music researcher and author of 'The Secret Power of Music.'

    "She begged me not to kill her, I gave her a rose. Then I slit her throat, watched her shake till her eyes closed. Had sex with the corpse before I left her. And drew my name on wall like Helter Skelter." - lyrics from the Geto Boy's album entitled 'Mind of a Lunatic' which sold over 500,000 copies, as reported on April 1, 1991 in Newsweek's cover article entitled 'Violence goes Mainstream - Are There Any Limits Left?'

    "This lady, she got shot and her little baby had got cut. This man, he took the baby and cut her. He cut her on the throat. He killed the baby. All blood came out. This little boy, when he saw the baby, he called his grandmother and she came over. And you know, his grandmother got killed, but the little boy didn't get killed." - the words of "Shaakara, a 6-year-old who lives in Uptown Chicago, who calmly described one terrible scene she witnessed at a neighbor's apartment." as reported in the August 2, 1993 issue of NEWSWEEK.

    "At the same time, because we are being so inundated with violent images both artful and manipulative - its almost impossible to resist growing numb. We run the risk of becoming insensitive to the horror of suffering..." - as reported on April 1, 1991 in Newsweek's cover article entitled 'Violence goes Mainstream - Are There Any Limits Left?'

    "DISEMBOWELMENT, Transcendence into the Peripheral. Experience the deliverance of all your darkest desires! BRUTALITY, Screams of Anguish. A complex orchestrated plague of crushing death metal from Florida's latest attrition artists. Available at fine record stores everywhere." - Advertisement in the November 93 issue of Screamer magazine (available in Safeway supermarkets).

• "FT. Lauderdale, FL. - Bobby Kent, the 20-year-old son of a stockbroker, was killed near a quarry pond July

    14, his body stabbed, his head smashed with a bat. Police arrested six youths. One of them was his ex-girlfreind, another a former pal. - as reported in the August 2, 1993 issue of NEWSWEEK.

    This information has been researched and compiled by Steve Robertson 10620 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 871-2965

    The Message of Music

    Is There A Relationship Between Music and Violence? (con't)

    "The Violence in Our Heads. The culture of aggression shows up in our speech, our play and our entertainment. It's better than hip, it's commercial. The constant repetition of violence desensitizes us in much the same way a therapist desensitizes a phobia patient."

    - Dan Gelman, from his August 2, 1993 article in NEWSWEEK.

    "When I started to watch what was going on. I couldn't understand why anybody would let it on," said Stephen King (about the Bevis and Butt-Head show). "Then, the next thing I knew, I was laughing hysterically." as quoted from his Nov. 93 TV Guide interview.

    "T-shirts are broadcasting more direct messages (Don't mess with me) - and so are rap lyrics: "Beat that bitch with a bat," one of them urges. "Violence is hip right now," says Jack Levin, a professor of sociology and criminology at Northeastern University. Better than hip, it's commercial. - as reported in the August 2, 1993 issue of NEWSWEEK.

    "Hey Great! We've hit the big time," 17-year-old defendant Rawl Omar Villareal allegedly boasted to another boy after hearing they might be charged with murder. Villareal was one of six Houston teens arrested and charged in last months brutal rape and strangulation of two young girls who made the fatal mistake of taking a shortcut through a wooded area where, police say, the boys were initiating two new members into their gang." - as reported in the August 2, 1993 issue of NEWSWEEK.

    "Charles Conrad was 55 years old, crippled by multiple sclerosis. He needed a walker or a wheelchair to get around. The boys who allegedly attacked him earlier this month were young 14, 15, and 17 - and they were ruthless. Over a period of many hours - stretching from dusk on July 17 until dawn of the next day - they stabbed him with a kitchen knife and a barbecue fork, strangled him with a rope, and hit him on the head with a hammer and the barrel of a shotgun, according to a statement one of the boys Carlos Nevarez, reportedly gave to the police. Despite this torture, Conrad survived. Grievously wounded Conrad begged the boys to shoot him and put a swift end to his agony. But, Nevarez said, the boys were afraid the neighbors would hear the gunshots. So they allegedly beat him some more, and then poured salt into his wounds to see if he was still alive. After he was struck in the back by a brass eagle he stopped breathing." - NEWSWEEK, August 2, 1993.

    "DISMEMBER, Indecent and obscene. (Hideous, frightful and repulsive to the senses...U.K. Customs Officials). Murderously crushing sonic decapitation from Sweden's best death metal band! Available at fine record stores everywhere." - Advertisement in the November 93 issue of Screamer magazine (available in Safeway supermarkets)

    - After Jessie Lloyd Misskelly Jr., 18, was arrested last month with two other teenager boys, he reportedly described the slaying of three 8-year-olds, but denied participating in the killings. He allegedly told of rape, mutilation and eating the meat of a dog."

    "...many rap performers causally dismiss the complaints about songs and videos that exalt the immediate gratifications of sexual conquests, remorseless violence and "gangsta" values of materialism and self-interest." (according to Dr. Dre) "What is said is OK as long as they're paying for it." - from the August 17, 1993 New York Times article entitled 'Blacks rap back at hard-core lyrics.'

    "His (Snoop Doggy Dogg) album hits the top of the charts this week (# 1 on the Billboard 200 list for week ending December 11, 1993). Last week, he was indicted for murder.

    - from the cover story in November 29, 1993 issue of NEWSWEEK.

    " Death Row, Dr. Dre & Suge Knight would like to congratulate Snoop Doggy Dogg on 800,000 + units sold in the first week." - from a December 11, 1993 advertisement in Billboard magazine taken out for Snoop Doggy Doggs latest album release "Doggy Style."

    This information has been researched and compiled by Steve Robertson 10620 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 871-2965

    The Message of Music

    Is There A Relationship Between Music and Violence?(pg. 4)

“Of all the arts music is the perfect art, because it strikes the soul without the aid of the intellect.” - William

    Kindler

    From an advertisement in Bill Board Magazine for the new Rap album from BO$$, the album is entitled "BORN GANGSTAZ," which was released on the CHAOS record label which is a trademark of Sony Music

    Entertainment.

    "Are girls getting meaner than boys? (the headline reads) Tough girls often try to emulate males such as gangsta rapper ICE CUBE (picture caption reads). Thuggish look and behavior are catching on at school... In California, the proportion of teen-age girls behind bars for violent crimes has increased by 11 percent over the past five years. - The San Francisco Examiner April 11, 1993

    "You can tell the people who want to stop us from releasing controversial rap music one thing: Kiss my ass." - quote from Ted Field who heads up Death Row/Interscope, which is part owned by Time Warner. - NEWSWEEK ,November 29, 1993.

    Two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old, who packed a .38-caliber revolver, laughed about their exploits when police finally caught them. (Redwood, CA. police Detective Brian Weiss stated) "In thinking back, I cannot remember carjacking by females, to begin with, and then three females doing three carjackings at gunpoint." San Francisco Chronicle 4/93

    "To say that the whole issue is not about profit is silly. It certainly is not about artistic freedom." - David Geffen's remarks last year regarding Time Warner chief Gerald Levin's lame rationalizations for Ice-T's "Cop Killer." - from the November 29, 1993 NEWSWEEK article. (David Geffen's record label released the latest Guns N' Roses album “The Spaghetti Incident," which features the song written by mass murderer Charles Manson - now at the #4 position on the Billboard charts - ,and the new "Bevis & Butt-Head Experience" album now at the #5 position of the Billboard charts, which features songs like "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" by Nirvana,"I Am Hell" by White Zombie, "99 Ways to Die" by Megadeath,"Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" by Anthrax, and "Search and Destroy" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    Huntington Beach, Orange County: Two (13-year-old) eighth graders and one (12-year-old) seventh grader had planned to take a teacher and an entire classroom hostage, and brought a small arsenal of weapons to school Thursday to execute their plan. ...officers searching the backpack of one of the 13-year-olds found two pistols, a machete, and a dagger. - The San Francisco Chronicle 10/9/93

    "Some social scientists argue that teenage aggression is natural. ... But other researchers who have studied today's violent teens say they are a new and dangerous breed. ... In one of the largest longitudinal studies of violent youth, scientist followed about 4,000 youngsters in Denver, Pittsburgh and Rochester, N.Y., for 5 years. By the age of 16, more than half admitted to some form of violent criminal behavior, says Terence P. Thornberry, the principal investigator in Rochester and a psychologist at the State University of New York in Albany. "Violence among teenagers is almost normative in our society," quotes Thornberry.

    "The psychological rationales for ventilating anger do not stand up under experimental scrutiny. The weight of the evidence indicates precisely the opposite: expressing an angry attitude makes you angrier, solidifies an angry attitude, and establishes a hostile habit." Carol Tauris, author of Anger - The Misunderstood Emotion, as quoted in Dr. Dean Ornish's book, Reversing Heart Disease.

    "Today we have many kinds of music for entertainment. Some of it is too violent and excites people to be violent and to make war. I think composers and musicians have to learn responsibility, because the music's power is incredible." - World Music instrumental composer KITARO

    This information has been researched and compiled by Steve Robertson 10620 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 871-2965

    The Message of Music

    Is There A Relationship Between Music and Violence? (pg. 5)

"Even music can be intoxicating. Such apparently slight causes destroyed Greece and Rome, and will destroy

    England and America." - Henry David Thoreau

There is a "great crisis of the spirit that is gripping America today."... (without changes) "from the inside

    out" ...the..."crime and drugs and violence that is ravaging our country, it will destroy us." - President Bill

    Clinton, San Francisco Examiner 11/14/93

Chinese philosophers believed the object of music "should never be merely to entertain; the darkside of man's

    nature could , after all, be as readily entertained by wrong and immoral music as by correct music.

    Consequently, all music should convey eternal truths, and should influence man's character for the better.

    Indeed, the very word for music in China (Yuo) is represented by the same graphic symbol as that for serenity (lo).

    - David Tame, author of The Secret Power of Music.

"Although punk rock never disappeared, it did spawn variations including hard-core, speed metal, noise pop and

    grunge rock, that have continued to inspire the hysteria of the mosh pit. Many musicians play to the pit ....Inside

    the pits however, everyone is pressed together in a sweaty, violent blob that surges to the beat of the music.

    Elbows are thrown, feet are stomped, flesh is sometimes bloodied and clothing is torn. Under the circumstances,

    T-shirts, jeans and Dr. Martens are recommended apparel. The mosh pit began with punk rock, known for its

    ear-splitting noises, aggressive tempos, righteous indignation and sheer loathing of self and others. ...Metal fans

    appropriated the pit and turned it into a free-for-all, an excuse for a fight." - as reported in the October 28, 1993

    San Francisco Chronicle entitled 'The Mosh Pit."

    “When you dwell on something for a really long time, that happens. Say you hate somebody, and you sit and think about every single possible way that you could kill them. You‟re like „I fuckin‟hate em.‟ Your‟re fuckin

    hate‟em. I fuckin‟ hate em.‟ That what I like to write about.” - Joe Armstrong, lead singer of the group Green Day.

    Embedded in the breakneck noise are lyrics that talk about mass destruction (”Having a Blast”), self-loathing and

    insanity (”Basket Case”) and hatred of the elder class (”Burnout”)...”I think drinking and doing drugs are very

    important.” Dirnt Dookie the recent album has sold over 5.5 million copies. “Longview,” Dookie‟s first single was an ode to two

    time-honored but none-too-marketable standbys: apathy and masturbation. - Rolling Stone, January 26, 1995

    Cover Story which names Green Day as Best New Band.

"Jagger had been searching for a way to outrage and offend his fans' parents and nothing fit the bill better than

    Satanism. The black arts offered all; heresy, violence and spectacle, and - best of all - sex." as reported on July

    7, 1993 in the San Jose Mercury News article which reported on the newly released unauthorized Mick Jagger

    biography by Barry Miles, a friend and owner of the Indica bookshop where Jagger purchased most of his books.

Three are the gates to ... death of the soul: The gate of lust,• The gate of wrath,• The gate of greed." - Bhagavad-

    Gita, 250 B.C.

     "Probers targeted Grateful Dead gigs. During the four-year investigation, undercover agents purchased 1.5

    million doses (of LSD), much of it at Grateful Dead concerts...This group of people (the five arrested) has sold

    more LSD than any other single group that has been arrested or prosecuted." - San Jose Mercury News, July 2,

    1993 • "Sober Deadheads Offer Support at Concert (article title reads). For anyone attempting to avoid the

    seductive perils of mind alteration a (Greatful) Dead show is a very dangerous place to be." - The San Francisco

    Chronicle, 12/22/93

In Michael Jackson's interview with Oprah Winfrey she questioned the numerous time he grabbed his crotch

    during his 18 minute Super bowl half-time show, whose estimated audience of 133 million obviously included

    many impressionable children. Jackson responded, "I think it happens subliminally" adding that the music

    "compels" him to do it. - as reported on February 12, 1993 in the San Jose Mercury News

    This information has been researched and compiled by Steve Robertson 10620 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 871-2965

    The Cultural and Economic Impact of Self-Esteem

    Education - "The average drop-out rate of 30% before high school graduation costs the nation $228 billion in lost earnings and $68 billion in foregone taxes."

    Health - "The societal costs imposed by preventable disease are now placed at more than $680 billion annually." Medical research indicates that treatments such as nutritional medicine, meditation, and support groups can often prevent the need for high-risk, high cost care."

    Work Place - "A person who is demeaned or devalued at work may seek to compensate for a lack of self-worth with negative behavior at home, in the family, and in the community." • "A Worker with a low

    sense of responsibility produces work with a lower degree of quality."

    Substance Abuse - "A person with low self-esteem is more susceptible to the abuse of drugs and alcohol than someone with a healthy sense of esteem." In 1983 alcohol and drug abuse, and the associated affects of reduced productivity, treatment, and crime cost America $175 billion."

    Prenatal Care - "If a person doesn't believe in their own self-worth, then they are less likely to care for themselves and their pregnancy. Each dollar spent on prenatal care saves an average of $2.57 in later medical costs. Neonatal intensive care for one infant costs an estimated $19,000. This could pay for 60 women to receive prenatal care."

    Violence and Prison Populations - "A common characteristic among interviewed violent inmates and parolees was self-image compensating that involved aggressive behavior to demonstrate their worth. Nationwide, over 3.7 million persons are under federal or state correctional supervision. In 1990, inmates in federal prisons cost the taxpayer over $1.2 Billion. An inmate costs approximately $30,000 a year to house."

Subsequent research:

    Environment - "There is an interdependent system between evolving a healthier earth and fostering healthy self-esteem. Environmental abuse is a form of self-abuse and is related to a lack of self-worth and respect for neighbors."

    This information has been researched and compiled by Steve Robertson 10620 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 871-2965

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