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This Day in Rock History: September 11

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On this day in rock history, the Beatles began filming Magical Mystery Tour. The hour-long made-for-television movie was their first project after the death of manager Brian Epstein, and was shown on the BBC on Dec. 26, 1967.

Janis Joplin‘s I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! came out on this day in 1969. It was her first effort after leaving Big Brother and the Holding Company. Bruce Springsteen put out his second record, The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. It contained future classics like “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” and “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight).” Foreigner‘s Head Games continued their hit-making ways, thanks to Top 20 singles “Dirty White Boy” and the title track. Bob Dylan gave us Under the Red Sky, which featured guest appearances by Slash, Elton John and David Crosby.

We wish a happy birthday to Mickey Hart. The drummer of the Grateful Dead was born on Sept. 11, 1943.

We also remember the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. Many of our favorite rockers, like Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Neil Young, drew inspiration from the day and created new works. Five weeks later, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, the Who and more performed at the Concert for New York City to raise money for assorted charities and to honor the victims, the survivors and the many heroes that stepped up on that day and in the weeks afterward.

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 Beatles begin filming Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
How rockers reacted to Sept. 11, 2001

Album Anniversaries:
Janis Joplin, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (1969)
Bruce Springsteen, The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (1973)
Foreigner, Head Games (1979)
Bob Dylan, Under the Red Sky (1990)

Mickey Hart (1963)

Bruce Springsteen Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

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