Minimum Gauge: Facebook Bans (Then Un-Bans) Led Zeppelin Album Cover, Citing Nudity Policy

Plus, David Gilmour's guitars fetch around $21 million dollars at auction (including one that earned a nearly $4 million bid) and Lil Nas X borrows from Kurt Cobain and shifts away from Country on new single

click to enlarge Led Zeppelin's 'Houses of the Holy'
Led Zeppelin's 'Houses of the Holy'

HOT: Facebook OKs Zeppelin Cover

When the website Ultimate Classic Rock recently posted something on Facebook about Led Zeppelin’s classic Houses of the Holy album — as it has more than 30 times over the years — they received a take-down notice from the social media company because the album’s cover was said to have violated a (well-intentioned) policy against posting photos of nude children. The iconic cover art by Aubrey Powell (which nabbed the album a packaging Grammy nomination) features a collage of images from a photo shoot with two child models. The recent post was flagged by users and Facebook told the site it would delete the post if UCR did not (it did). But soon after, Facebook reversed its decision and will now allow postings of the cover on the site, telling UCR it realizes that it is a “culturally significant image.” Facebook also told UCR it would allow similar content on a case-by-case basis.

WARM: Million Dollar Guitars

Some of Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour’s guitars were recently put up for auction where they fetched a jaw-dropping amount of money for a charity that fights climate change. The multiple-records-breaking auction through Christie’s included Gilmour’s trademark black Stratocaster, which was purchased for just under $4 million dollars (it was expected to go for, at most, $150,000). By the end of the auction, the 100-plus instruments earned $21 million, with bidders from over 66 countries. Gilmour isn’t retiring or anything, and he has a contingency plan should he decide a certain guitar sound accessible through one of the instruments from his now-sold arsenal is needed. “If I need a particular guitar, I’ll go out and buy another one,” Gilmour told Rolling Stone in January.

COLD: Lil Nas X Shows True Self?

So it seems Lil Nas X was taking the piss out of Country music on his massive hit, “Old Town Road.” Or perhaps his budding music career is more of a statement about the lessening importance of genres in the 21st century. Many Country music fans defended Billboard’s decision to not allow “Road” to appear on its Country charts by claiming the song was actually mocking Country music. Still, Country star Billy Ray Cyrus joined with X for an even more countrified version and the track transcended all genre charts after the controversy, hitting No. 1 on the overall singles chart. Now Lil Nas X has released his first EP, 7, which includes the single “Panini,” a straight-up Hip Hop song that seems to indicate the rapper is, in fact, a straight-up Hip Hop artist. Well, maybe not totally straight-up — “Panini” has a hook melody borrowed from Nirvana’s “In Bloom,” which X says he was granted permission to use by none other than Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.


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