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The town of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, is incorporated as a city. The City of Boston will inspire the numerous songs including Boston by The Byrds, Boston Tea Party by Alex Harvey, Boston Rag by Steely Dan, Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers and Boston (Ladies of Cambridge) by Vampire Weekend.
Louis Armstrong records When Ruben Swings The Cuban for Decca Records in the USA.
Steve Albini is born in Pasadena, California, USA. He will find success with his band Big Black, but achieve even greater recognition as a recording engineer/producer for artists including Nirvana, Electrelane, Fugazi, Cheap Trick, Joanna Newsom and The Pixies.
The three-day long Sky River Rock Festival And Lighter Than Air Fair opens in fields near Sultan, Washington, USA. Tickets cost $6.00 for all three days, and the event is a fund-raiser for "American Indians and Black People". Acts playing over the next three days include Santana, Big Mama Thornton, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Country Joe And The Fish, H.P. Lovecraft, Rambin' Jack Elliott, Allmen Joy, Buffy St. Marie, Flamin' Groovies, Richard Pryor, Dino Valenti, Byron Pope, It's a Beautiful Day, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Alice Stuart Thomas, The Youngbloods, New Lost City Ramblers, Sons Of Champlin, Kaleidoscope and local groups such as Juggernaut and Easy Chair. On the last day, The Grateful Dead arrive unscheduled.
Lou Reed plays at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe.
Television play at CBGBs Club, The Bowery, New York City, USA.
The Bay City Rollers release a new single, Saturday Night, on Arista Records in the UK. In 1976, punk rock pioneers The Ramones will attempt to learn it but, being inept musicians, they fail. Instead they take inspiration from the song to use a similar, though simplified, structure for their own composition, Blitzkrieg Bop.
The 101ers, featuring The Clash's future frontman Joe Strummer, play at Boddy's Music Inn, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe.
Having just landed in New York City, The Police race across town in a cab in order to be in time to hit the stage at the legendary CBGB
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The Ramones play in Port Chester, New York State, USA.
The Clash play at the Pier Pavilion, Hastings, UK.
The Ramones play at The University, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Europe.
The Clash play at the Top Rank, Sheffield, UK.
The Clash release a new single, Train In Vain, in the USA. It will give them their first Top 30 entry, peaking at No23.
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Steeltips play at The Hot Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Fun City.
Iggy Pop plays at Palalido, Milan, Italy, Europe.
Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle play at The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
Blondie is awarded a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for the album Autoamerican.
Another Pretty Face record a live session for John Peel of BBC Radio 1 in London, England, UK, Europe. The perform four tracks, This Time It's Real, Lightning That Strikes Twice, Out Of Control and I'll Give You Fire. (Mike Scott of Another Pretty Face will go on to found The Waterboys)
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Amid rumours that Blondie is to split, UK rock newspaper NME (New Musical Express) reports that the band's upcoming UK tour has been cancelled.
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Wiltshire's pioneering anarcho-punk band The Subhumans release their debut album The Day The Country Died.
The Ramones play in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.
Conflict play at The Hummingbird, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
The Anti-Nowhere League, Sex Beat and GeschlechtAKT play at The Savoy At The Junction, Tufnell Park, London, England, UK, Europe.
The surviving members of The Sex Pistols sue their former manager, Malcolm McLaren, for overdue royalties.
On their Suffer tour, Bad Religion play at AJZ, Bielefeld, Germany, Europe.
The Cramps play at Sloss Furnace, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, with Flat Duo Jets.
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, supported by Jane From Occupied Europe.
Debbie Harry, aka Blondie, plays at The Capitol Theatre, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
The original line-up of The Stranglers plays its last-ever live show, at The Town and Country Club 5th Anniversary event in Alexandra Palace London, England, UK, Europe.
Vince Welnick, former keyboardist of The Tubes, joins The Grateful Dead.
In a message posted at the band’s website, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day attacks U.S. President George W. Bush, calling his administration "a bunch of corporate crooks".
Patti Smith performs her classic album Horses, live in its entirety, at The Meltdown Festival in London, England, UK.
The Vans Warped Tour plays at the Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, with a bill including My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Fall Out Boy, The Transplants, MxPx, All-American Rejects, Dropkick Murphys, Thrice, Atreyu and Senses Fail.
As a result of an investigation by the New York District Attorney's office, Sony BMG Music admit to using payola to get airplay for Jennifer Lopez, Avril Lavigne, Good Charlotte and others.
Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Buckwheat Zydeco, Allen Toussaint, Queen Ida and others play in a Hurricane Katrina benefit show at Town Hall, New York City, USA.
American Idiot, a stage musical based on the album of the same name by Green Day opens at Berkeley Repertory Theater, Berkeley, California, USA.
Green Day and A.F.I. play at The Comfort Dental Amphitheater, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Angels And Airwaves play at Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany, Europe.
Ekaterina Samoutsevitch, an associate of all-female punk band Pussy Riot, is arrested in Moscow, Russia, Europe, and charged in connection with the band's recent political protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at Moscow's Christ The Savior Cathedral.
The Jim Jones Revue play at Sound Control, Manchester, UK.
Crosby, Stills And Nash play the last of seven nights at The Beacon Theatre, New York City, USA.
Green Day play at The Barclays Center, New York City, USA.
White Lies play the first of two nights at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, UK.
The Amnesty International Bringing Human Rights Home Concert, featuring Imagine Dragons, Flaming Lips, The Fray, Ms Lauryn Hill, Colbie Caillat, Tegan And Sara, Blondie, Cold War Kids, Cake, Yoko Ono, Bob Geldof and others, takes place at The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York City, USA. The event also includes a special address by members of Pussy Riot, introduced by Madonna.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina of politically-active punk band Pussy Riot are attacked at a McDonald's restaurant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Europe, which the duo is visiting to take part in a prison protest alongside other activists.
Elvis Costello plays at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.
James And The Ultrasounds play at Don Pedro, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.