Music: ASCAP Against Smut

Cross between a union, an agent and a burial society is the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), which collects fees and royalties for the men who write and market most of the nation's songs. Always sensitive about its public relations, ASCAP was worried last week by a wave of smut which seemed to be breaking over the U. S. song trade. Its directors formally condemned writers and publishers of "salacious and suggestive songs," threatened them with spankings or worse. On the carpet this week were three ASCAP members (names kept...

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