July 1 – The Band, Phillips sells Sun, Walkman, Punk docu, Love Parade


Canadian rock group The Band releases debut album Music from Big Pink (UK#21, CA#35, US#30).
At the time single The Weight  — written, as were many of the band’s top songs, by Robbie Robertson — would only make US#68. Later on it became widely popular, particularly after it’s heard in 1969 film Easy Rider. (*) In 2004 the song is ranked #41 in Rolling Stone’s top 500 songs.
There are five more top-40 albums in following years. The Band joins the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Rock Hall of Fame in 1994.
 ( Website  ( Band fansite About The Weight and its covers


Sam Phillips sells the legendary Sun Records studio in Memphis.
Sun, which started up on Mar. 27, 1952, ignited the careers of many 50s rockers, like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison … as well as country greats like Johnny Cash and Charlie Rich.
The day after Sam dies in 2003, the 706 Union Avenue studio becomes the first recording studio to be declared a National Historic Landmark (NRHP#03001031).


Sony introduces the Walkman tape cassette player.
It’s the biggest improvement in portable music since the advent of the transistor radio.


Release of LA punk rock scene documentary film Decline of Western Civilization. (*)
Directed by Penelope Spheeris, it includes the bands Black Flag, The Germs, X and Circle Jerks.


The first Love Parade electronic dance music fest takes place in Berlin, Germany … months before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Sadly, a tragedy in 2010 leads to the cancellation of the event. ‘Somewhere along the way to that feeling of unity, of responsibility for each other, lost.’

See also: List of electronic music festivals