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On This Day in Music History

2011 The Monkees, minus Mike Nesmith, embark on a 45th Anniversary Tour with a date at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. It’s the group’s fourth and final reunion tour, as Davy Jones dies in 2012.

1972 The Rolling Stones release Exile On Main Street, a landmark double album recorded primarily at a villa in France, where the group is living to avoid British taxes (they are “tax exiles,” thus the album name).

1967The first Jimi Hendrix album, Are You Experienced?, is released. Songs include “Foxy Lady,” “Hey Joe” and “Purple Haze.”

1963 Bob Dylan refuses to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show when they won’t let him play “Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues.”

Dylan is big in the New York City folk scene, but unknown in large swaths of the country. The show would expose him to a huge audience, but the day he is scheduled to appear, CBS executives tell him he can’t play “Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues” as planned, perhaps because they finally listened to the lyrics, which mock the Communist-baiting John Birch Society.

Dylan never does appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, which as the time is the highest rated variety show on TV. But he does benefit from the publicity surrounding the snub and earns a reputation for holding to his principles.

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