Johnny Halliday’s Rock Concert (1963)

n the early 1960s, a rock concert by pop star Johnny Halliday, known to the Francophone world as the French Elvis, was canceled by Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanon’s then minister of the interior. Jumblatt declared at the time “The Western degenerate images do not suit our moral values and might be harmful to our youth.”

In summer 2003, a concert by the enduring rock legend, now in his early 70s, proceeded without a glitch and rocked Lebanon’s Baalbek Festival to its foundations, proving the old adage that rock ’n’ roll can never die.

Censorship Information

Date Released 1960
Date Censored 1960
Official Censoring Entity Ministry of Interior
Censoring Reason Immoral
Action Taken Cancelled