89: July 6, 1977
ROGER WATERS SPITS AT A FAN DURING A PINK FLOYD SHOW: The incident would inspire Waters to write "The Wall", a masterpiece of rock-star alienation and anomie.
88: April 6, 1974
ABBA WIN THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: Making possible the ascendance of Swedish pop and approximately 18 bajillion drunken wedding dances.
87: October 9, 1999
COACHELLA KICKS OFF: Beginning the annual pilgrimage of alterna-kids to the Sonoran Desert.
86: November 21, 1959
ALAN FREED FIRED IN FIRST PAYOLA SCANDAL: Ending the career of the DJ who invented the term rock & roll.
85: July 18, 1991
LOLLAPALOOZA PREMIERES: Introducing the U.S. to the traveling music festival.
84: September 19, 1955
PAT BOONE HITS NO. 1 WITH "AIN'T THAT A SHAME": With this bleached-out version of Fats Domino's original, Boone becomes the trailblazer for years of Whitney childproofing R&B.
83: January 26, 1995
FIRST MPEG3 PATENT FILED: Turning music loving into a nostrings-attached orgy.
82: March 17, 1958
LINK WRAY INVENTS DISTORTION: The brutal "Rumble" introduces the world to fuzztone sound.
81: June 15, 1984
SCAREFACE TOPS THE VHS RENTALS LIST: Sanctifying hip-hop's Church of Tony Montana.
80: April 14, 1982
KARAOKE ARRIVES IN THE U.S.: At a bar called Dimples in Burbank, California.
79: April 1, 2032
GUNS N' ROSES' CHINESE DEMOCRACY RELEASED: Weeks after Axl's death in a tragic tanning-bed accident.
-TO BE CONTINUED-