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The 7 Most Memorable Concerts of the 60s and 70s

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The 7 Most Memorable Concerts of the 60s and 70s

What are the most memorable concerts of the 60s and 70s? Few decades had as many legendary moments as the 60s and 70s when it came to pop music. You had stalwarts like Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, and many more in their performing prime. Today’s guide will cover a few of the greatest concerts of the era.

Newport Jazz Festival

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Muddy Waters’s performance at Newport is an incredible one.

The Newport Jazz Festival is one of the longest-running multi-day festivals in the United States. Originally starting in 1954, it is still going strong 70 years later. However, the 1960 lineup is one of the most memorable concerts of the decade. It featured a who’s who of jazz and blues musicians of the era, with Muddy Waters, Charles Mingus, and The Dave Brubeck Quartet being standouts.

Bob Dylan at Carnegie Hall

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Dylan is youthful at the Carnegie Hall performance, filled with the fire that would make him a breakout in the then-emerging folk scene.

You can find this one on Spotify, CD, and wherever you might listen to music. Bob Dylan at Carnegie Hall is a 6 song set performed early in the folk troubadour’s career. The performance is raw, candid, and filled with a few rarities that never saw official releases on Dylan’s catalog.

Monterey Pop Festival

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Jimi Hendrix had one of his finest performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

Held in 1967, the Monterey Pop Festival is the stuff of legends. What makes this one of the most memorable concerts of the era is the lineup. You’ve got massive players like Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Otis Redding all present. This is arguably the finest live performance recorded for The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Johnny Cash at San Quentin State Prison

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If you’re looking for one of the finest recordings of a concert, Cash’s San Quentin performance is among the best.

Johnny Cash made Outlaw Country a household product. Few artists could measure his level of swagger, bravado, and folksy charm. While his recording at Folsom Prison is one of the standouts in his discography, this performance at San Quentin State Prison is something else entirely. This stands as one of the most memorable concerts Cash ever performed, and for good reason.

Woodstock

Woodstock

The 1967 Woodstock is immortalized in the film of the same name.

Woodstock escaped the 1990s and 2000s to live on in absolute infamy following the chaos that ensued at those events. However, the initial 1969 concert is something etched into the DNA of pop music. This was the moment, at least for the Free Love moment, and it shows in the insane performances captured. Standouts are The Who and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Bruce Springsteen at Capitol Theatre

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The Capitol Theatre performance was one of Springsteen’s most bootlegged concerts until an official release.

Springsteen isn’t called The Boss for no reason. This is one of the most memorable concerts ever captured by the singer and his backing band, running at an impressive three hours in duration. This is Springsteen at his most electric, and the band is firing on all cylinders. To say studio recordings don’t do Springsteen justice would be a massive understatement.

Summer Jam 1973

Grateful Dead

Summer Jam is one for the record books and features an impressive performance by the Grateful Dead.

The 70s wouldn’t be complete without its answer to Woodstock in 1969. The 1973 Summer Jam at Watkins Glen may have lacked The Who and Jimi Hendrix, but it more than made up for it with superb performances by The Band, the Grateful Dead, and the Allman Brothers Band among others. Fans of psychedelic rock and jam bands will want to check this one.

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