The ADL was founded in the wake of the trial of Leo Frank in 1913, a case which inspired the contemporary song "Little Mary Phagan
" and a later, and far from inspired musical, Parade
, which includes such instantly forgettable numbers as "Come On Up To My Office" and "I Am Trying To Remember."
While the misnamed Anti-Defamation League is an organisation that could find anti-Semitism in an egg cup, it is difficult to take issue with its claim that the song is obscene - it is a rare Zappa song that isn't! - but for once its well-documented wire-pulling had entirely the undesired effect.
In his 1993 book The Fatal Embrace: Jews And The State
, Benjamin Ginsberg relates how in the late 1940s, the ADL would approach the publishers of major newspapers and the owners of radio stations and blackmail them into giving anti-Semitic individuals and organisations [real and imagined] the silent treatment. Their more overt attempt to silence Zappa backfired, for as Miles points out: 'Because of the power of the ADL, "Jewish Princess" received more press than any other Zappa song'.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2