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2013 Hozier releases "Take Me to Church," the lead single from his self-titled debut album.

2013 After winning a landmark lawsuit, The Village People lead singer Victor Willis regains the copyright to 33 songs he co-wrote for the band. Willis is the first songwriter to go public with his case, which deals with a 1978 law that reverts copyrights to songs back to their original owners 35 years after. Like many songwriters, Willis had signed away the rights to his songs.

2011 After an eight-year absence, Anthrax release their 10th studio album, Worship Music. Joey Belladonna, who hasn't been with the band since 1992, returns to handle lead vocals.

2010 John Mayer shuts down his Twitter account with 3.7 million followers. Once an avid Tweeter, Mayer has shied away from social media after oversharing in a Playboy interview. He does eventually return to Twitter, but in moderation. "It does rewire your brain," he says.

2009 Katy Perry and Russell Brand meet at the MTV Video Music Awards, which Brand is hosting. The pair begin dating soon after.

2008 Come Dancing, a musical devoted to the music of The Kinks, opens in London.

2005 Jimi Hendrix's boyhood home in Seattle is saved from destruction after his estate and the city agree to renovate the building and turn it into a community center.

2003 Dave Clark Five lead singer Mike Smith suffers a tragic fall from a ladder at his home in Spain, leaving him without any movement in three limbs. He would remain a near-quadriplegic until his death in 2008 from pneumonia, a complication of the original injury.

1994 The Notorious B.I.G. releases his debut solo album, Ready to Die. It's the first album issued on Sean Combs' Bad Boy label.

1993 Max Weinberg, drummer with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, begins his new job as bandleader for NBC-TV's new show Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

1990 Eddie Vedder does some surfing, writes some lyrics, and adds his vocals to three instrumental tracks recorded by the guys he would later join in Pearl Jam. The songs become "Alive," "Once" and "Footsteps."

1988 N.W.A founder Eazy-E releases his debut solo album, Eazy-Duz-It.

1986 The Communards hit #1 in the UK with their cover of "Don't Leave Me This Way," an American #1 for Thelma Houston in 1977. Their version becomes the top-selling UK single of 1986.

1985 MTV debuts Club MTV, their contemporary and far more lascivious version of American Bandstand.More

1980 The TV series Solid Gold premieres. Like its genre-mates American Bandstand and Soul Train, the show consists of Top-40 music (mostly recorded) in a studio with a dance stage and floor. A feature of the show is a specialty crew of "Solid Gold dancers" who bump and grind to the tunes. Dionne Warwick is the host for the first season, but the show rotates through numerous hosts during its course. The show runs almost eight seasons before discontinuing in 1988.

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Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous Hits Theaters

2000

Almost Famous is released in theaters across the US. The film is a semi-autobiographical account of writer and director Cameron Crowe's time spent interviewing rock bands for Rolling Stone in the '70s, when he was just a teenager. The film centers around a fictional band called Stillwater, and rather than being based on one band in particular, Stillwater feels like every '70s arena band rolled into one.

Patrick Fugit plays the young journalist accompanying Stillwater on tour, straddling the line between careful observer and active participant in rock n' roll decadence.

While the story is fictionalized, many of the main players from that era are portrayed, including iconic rock journalist Lester Bangs and young Pennie Lane, who kept quite a few musicians warm at night on the road (In the film, Crowe changes the spelling of her first name to "Penny"). Almost Famous offers a first-person glimpse into the behind-the-scenes reality of life in the music world once the flower power movement of the '60s has faded out to make way for a more fist-in-the-air, blow-out-the-amps stadium sound.

As with Crowe's tribute to love and grunge, Singles, the soundtrack to Almost Famous is a powerful reflection of the music of the times, featuring songs by such legendary artists as David Bowie, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who and Led Zeppelin.

The film itself features a near-constant backdrop of classic songs that don't make it on to the official soundtrack, including artists like Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young. Adding to the authenticity of the movie, three of Stillwater's songs are co-written by Nancy Wilson of Heart (Crowe's wife); the other two are penned by Peter Frampton and The Who. On February 21, 2001, the soundtrack wins the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

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