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freebody park

from bob dylan, electric dylan event posted in music by crabapple

On Jul 25, 1965, Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Dylan had drawn widespread support from fans for his 1963 and 1964 Newport Folk Festival sets with Joan Baez.

In 1965, Dylan was supporting his fifth studio album, Bringing It All Back Home. The first side of the album was Bob Dylan's signature acoustic folk style; the second side of this album featured a backing band and was rock. When Dylan walked on stage with an electric guitar and a band, the boos started immediately.

The band launched into "Maggie's Farm," and the distaste from the folkies was immediate. Boos and jeering rolled out from the crowd. Pete Seeger wanted to take an axe to the power cables to the set.

The debate still exists whether the audience was angry about the short set or angry that Dylan had betrayed folk and played electric, but the results were the same- they were pissed, and Dylan had gone rock.

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timberline lodge

from the shining posted in movies by donkeyoti

The Timberline Lodge is a ski lodge in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

It is also the exterior filming location for The Shining- the 1980 psychological horror-thriller directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Stephen King, and starring Jack Nicholson.

This is where all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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ed sullivan theater

from elvis presley, the beatles, the doors posted in music by donkeyoti

Running from 1948 to 1971, The Ed Sullivan Show was a variety TV show hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. The host was a bit of a king-maker, and a group or artist could say they "made it" if they played the show.

Bill Haley and His Comets performed their then-current hit "Rock Around the Clock" in early August 1955, marking the first televised performance of a rock and roll song.

On September 9, 1956, Elvis made his first of three appearances on the show. The myth of having to shoot Elvis from the waist up is false. Elvis's full body gyrations can be seen throughout the performance.

The Beatles appeared on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964. The February 9th performance is considered the beginning of the British invasion. By the third performance, 73 million viewers were tuning in (breaking the record at the time).

Today, The Ed Sullivan Theater is the filming location for The Late Show with David Letterman.

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sun studios

from elvis presley, johnny cash posted in music by donkeyoti

Sun Studios is a legendary recording studio opened by Sam Philips on January 3, 1950. Known initially as Memphis Recording Service, it was in the same building as Sun Records, and would later shorten its name to Sun Studio.

Philips recorded Ike Turner's "Rocket 88" here in 1951. The speaker cone of the amp had been damaged, so they stuffed newspaper in an attempt to repair it. This is probably the first instance of guitar distortion, and arguably the first rock and roll song.

On July 18, 1953, Presley walked into the offices of Sun to "record a song for his mother." The young singer was trying to get discovered for his talent.

On July 5, 1954, Elvis was finally in the studio trying to record some tunes. All the songs were coming out flat and uninteresting. They were nearly finished when Elvis started jumping around doing "That's All Right, Mama." Bill Black, the bass player, started joking around, then guitarist Scotty Moore. The song became a hit.

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elvis presley’s birthplace

from elvis presley posted in music by donkeyoti

Elvis Presley was born at this location in Jan. 8, 1935, in the house that his father built for $180. Although the family moved occasionally, they lived mostly in the Tupelo area until 1948 when they left for Memphis.

The city of Tupelo bought the house and land with money from a 1956 Elvis concert, who wanted a park for neighborhood children. Today, the birthplace is part of the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park. On the grounds include the house where he was born, a museum, and a chapel.

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