In 1969, the Newport Jazz Festival decided to invite a few rock bands to join the predominantly jazz lineup. Led Zeppelin was scheduled to close Sunday, the final night of the festival. But after Friday's rock bands performed, local authorities told promoter George Wein that "in the interest of public safety", Zeppelin had to be pulled from the lineup. Wein announced that the band would not perform due to illness. Zeppelin had just had a knockout performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival the day before and was adamant about playing. So, at 1am Monday morning, Led Zeppelin took the stage and proceeded to destroy the audience with another memorable show.
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Joe Sia was a shooting star, a genuine, hands-down, everyone-agrees-on-this star at shooting [photographs], and his departure from this planet in 2003 at the tender age of 57 was too soon for a man of his talent. Born in the Bronx and a committed Yankees man, Joe loved music and gravitated around the Fillmore East and the flower-power youth-culture rock scene from whence he set out to capture some of the most incredible sounds of the last half-century. How could Joe capture sounds on camera film? He did it by focusing on the faces of the performers and the woozing-oozing crowd and by giving the background, whether simple or wild, the importance it deserved in defining the artist and event. Sia's entire archive consists more than a quarter of a million photographs that document almost 35 years of music genre and giants.