If you were a hard rock and heavy metal fan in the 1980s, few moments were more memorable – and also just flat-out bizarre – than Dee Snider sitting before the United States Senate’s Committee on Commerce in a jean jacket and tank top and schooling a bunch of concerned Washington housewives hellbent on censoring the music of Twisted Sister, Motley Crue, W.A.S.P. and other acts.
Now, He’s Not Gonna Take It, a new graphic novel from Z2 Comics and Snider, alongside writer Frank Marraffino (Marvel Zombies) and artist Steve Kurth, charts Dee’s battle against censorship and the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) that lobbied to plaster “Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics” labels on any music that conformed to their definition of overtly sexual, violent, or drug-endorsing.
Says editor Rantz Hoseley, "Unless you grew up during the PMRC hearings, I don’t think you can really understand what a massive impact it had as teenagers watched Dee testify before congress about the importance of freedom of speech. Metal and rock preached rebellion and fighting back in the song lyrics, but here was the only front man who was walking the walk. In a world where you thought that adults said one thing and did another, it was the moment where you could believe… Yes, there are people out there who will fight for what is right, against all odds, no matter what the cost. It’s a story that is more vital today than ever.”
Adds Snider, "When I look back on that historic day, I think, ‘How did I fit balls that big into those skin tight jeans!?’ Then I reflect on the fact that I still stand for everything I stood for all those years ago... and I'm ready to do battle again."
To find out more about He’s Not Gonna Take It, head to Z2 Comics.