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15 Years Ago: Napster Ordered to Stop Trading Copyrighted Music

Senate Hearings on Music and The Internet, July 2000
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In two short years, Napster changed the music world forever. Here's what happened.

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50 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Goes Electric

Bob Dylan 1965
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Newport 1965 was the end of Bob Dylan ... and the beginning of Bob Dylan.

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16 Years Ago: Woodstock ’99 Kicks Off

Oleander Woodstock 99
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It was supposed to celebrate 30 years of peace and music, but it ended with fires, looting and assaults. All Woodstock '99 shared with its predecessor was a name.

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20 Years Ago: Elliott Smith Releases Self-Titled Second Album

Elliott Smith on Jools Holland
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Haunting. There's no better word to describe Elliott Smith's sophomore album, released on July 21, 1995.

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24 Years Ago: Lollapalooza Makes Its Debut

Perry Farrell
Ebet Roberts, Redferns / Getty Images

Daytime temperatures hit 111 degrees, Nine Inch Nails played a one-and-a-half minute set and Jane's Addiction got into a fistfight on stage. It's July 18, 1991.

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32 Years Ago: Big Country Release ‘The Crossing’

Big Country The Crossing cover
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The album that brought "bagpipe guitar" to the masses proved both blessing and curse to Scotland's answer to U2.

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30 Years Ago: Live Aid Unites the Planet

David Bowie, Live Aid
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The biggest musical fundraiser of all time happened 30 years ago, but it raised something else: our sense of hope.

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20 Years Ago: Mike Mills’ Health Scare Adds to R.E.M.’s ‘Monster’ Curse

Mike Mills

By 1995 everything was going R.E.M.'s way, yet the band couldn't catch a break.

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8 Years Ago: Smashing Pumpkins Release Their ‘Comeback’ Album, ‘Zeitgeist’

Smashing Pumpkins at the Virgin Festival 2007
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If you can move past the baggage that comes from a comeback album without half the original members, Smashing Pumpkins' 'Zeitgeist' holds up surprisingly well.

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Cover Stories: Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, ‘Weasels Ripped My Flesh’

Bizzare
Bizzare

Frank Zappa's catalog is filled with classic album covers, but this classic sleeve may be the best.

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