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This Day in Rock History: September 14

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On this day in rock history, the movie Quadrophenia was released. The film was adapted from the Who‘s 1973 concept album and featured Sting in a role.

The Grateful Dead took one of their longest, strangest trips when they traveled to Egypt to play in Giza, Egypt, in the shadow of the Sphinx and the pyramids. MTV had the first-ever Video Music Awards. Classic rock dominated the night, with trophies going to the Cars, David Bowie, ZZ Top and Van Halen.

The Byrds‘ album that became known as Untitled came out in 1970. It contained one disc of new studio tracks and a second recorded live in concert, including a side-length rendition of “Eight Miles High.” Supertramp gave us Crisis? What Crisis? The fourth record failed to build on the success of the previous year’s Crime of the Century. Jethro Tull put out Stormwatch, the last release containing the original lineup. Meat Loaf completed one of the most unexpected comebacks in rock history with Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which saw a reunion with Jim Steinman, who wrote the songs on Loaf’s 1977 blockbuster Bat Out of Hell.

Paul Kossoff, the guitarist for Free, was born on this day in 1950. He died on March 19, 1976, of a heart attack that was brought on by years of drug abuse.

Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.

News Anniversaries:
The Grateful Dead go to Egypt (1978)
A movie based on the Who’s Quadrophenia is released (1979)
The first MTV Video Music Awards is held (1984)

Album Anniversaries:
The Byrds, Untitled (1970)
Supertramp, Crisis? What Crisis? (1975)
Jethro Tull, Stormwatch (1979)
Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993)

Paul Kossoff (1950)

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