Alright..here is another music question. What is the memory that stands out to you either televised, in person, on the radio or on record as the most important in history? Not to you personally but something that impacted history.
Here is a link for some interesting suggestions and some alternates…I can think of many, many more. I took a couple of lists and added my flavor to them.
This is going to depend on your generation, but I think most people will agree on some of these. Maybe they wont know why, but they will agree. You can list one as a stand out or several but try to be chronological.
If I have to pick one, It will be some thing to do with the Beatles, just historically you cannot over look them in any way shape or form. But I made a list of things that I thought affected other things or influenced others.
Here are mine -
The first distorted guitar in 1951, by Jackie Brenston /Ike Turner Rocket 88
1954 Bill Haley and the Comets record Rock around the Clock
1954-Elvis records That’s alright Mama
1955-Chuck Berry and his Maybelline….***
1959- Buddy Holly dies..
1964- Beatles first appearance on Ed Sullivan show****
After that the Rolling Stones, The Who release albums in the US
1965- Bob Dylan is electric and releases Like a Rolling Stone
1966- Beach boys release Pet Sounds
1967- Velvet Underground and Nico is Released. Very different type of album for main stream
1967- St Peppers is released
1969 -WOODSTOCK*** Ive only seen it on film, but the last day of the festival, who could forget Jimi Hendrix playing The Star Spangled Banner?
1969 –Altamont Music Festival –violent and the end of an era
1970- Release of Black Sabbaths self-titled first album
1971- Stairway to Heaven is released.***
1973 Bruce Springsteens “Greetings from Asbury Park” is released.**
1974- Ramones play first gig at CBGBs in NYC***
1976- Sex Pistols at Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester*** then in 77 release Nevermind the Bullocks
1980 John Lennon is killed**
1981-MTV launches (anyone remember The Buggles?)
1982- Thriller is released, the video drops Dec 2, 1983 @13 minutes and shown in its entirety.
1983- Motown 25 Yesterday, Today and Forever is aired and watched by 47 million people.
1985- Live Aid –maybe the best live performance by many of the bands who performed.
1991- Nirvana release “Nevermind** explodes and opens up airways for otherwise alternative and underground music to be seen and heard in mainstream. In 1992- Nevermind knocked MJs Dangerous out of the top slot.
1991- Lallapolooza begins- great show with Janes Addiction, others. Begins live festivals again.
1992- TLC become largest selling female recording act in history with Crazy Sexy Cool.
1993- Nirvana unplugged, a new concept for MTV and done right after I saw them in DC. They performed few Nirvana songs, doing mostly covers. Also similar to when I saw them. Not their last live show, but pretty close.
1996- You Oughta Know- Alanis Morrisette's Jagged Little Pill drops, angry bitter song empowers women but freaks some people out. Album stayed on bilboards charts for 2 years.
1997- everyone falls off their seats when Shania! redoes role reverses Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love video with "Feels Like a Woman". Along with cohorts Dixie Chicks brings Country in to mainstream, even if just for a minute.
1999- Prince performs his song 1999 at NYC Times Square on New Years Eve event to close out millennium.
2000- music downloading for free, and the digital revolution begins even if not for free.
2000- January-Rage Against the Machine shoots video at NYSE, some members arrested for the protest because they went inside and refused to leave halting trading.
2000- DNC- RATM- protest against the 2 party system saying "brothers and sisters, our democracy has been hijacked," and "we have a right to oppose these motherfuckers!" Riot ensues, begun by police trying to disburse the large crowd, which they did not manage. This happens again in 2008.
2002 -Lisa "left Eye" Lopes dies in plane crash (TLC)
2003- itunes begins, eventually other sites.
2003- Beyonce leaves Destinys Child and does first solo album called"Dangerously in Love"
I stopped here...
If the list is off, let me know..some of this I knew, some I did not.
Let me know your important lists or even a couple add ons.