Clear Channel Memorandum: The List & The Companion
Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, Clear Channel Communications circulated an internal memo containing a list of songs that the program directors felt were "lyrically questionable". Clear Channel Memorandum takes its inspiration from this event; the notion of banning songs, according to no clear guidelines, in the wake of a tragedy. The information that was gathered for this publication has been divided into two books: The List and The Companion. The List includes all the songs mentioned in this memo, including lyrics. The Companion consists of the same information, but the lyrics are used in an illustrative blacked-out fashion. The pages follow a rhythm of lyrics along the designated margins. The two books come together as a representation of the Twin Towers, with the size and materials used. The cover illustration is made out of the banned song lyrics and follows the shape of the initial destruction pattern that could be seen in the photos of the attacks.