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1969 – The Beatles release Abbey Road.

1969 – Legendary promoter Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West, a West Coast version of his popular New York “rock ballroom,” in San Francisco.

1970 – Returning to Abbey Road studios in London, ex-Beatle John Lennon begins work on his first proper solo album, John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band.

1974 – John Lennon releases Walls And Bridges in the US.

1995 – AC/DC releases Ballbreaker. The album, produced by Rick Rubin, features the return of former drummer Phil Rudd, who had been fired from the band in 1983 as a result of drinking and drug problems and a fight with founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young.

2014 – Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke releases his sophomore solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, for just $6 on the peer-to-peer file-sharing platform BitTorrent. In just over a week, the album averages 1.8 million downloads.

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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