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On June 1st 1974, the Rainbow Theatre in London hosted the first ever performance by what was (at least by those folk who’d heard of the artists) described as the greatest supergroup of the era.
John Cale, likewise, via the Velvet Underground.
Brian Eno, one of the focal points of the original Roxy Music, now stepping out alone with his first solo record.
Nico—another former Velvet, ex-model, actress and Warhol superstar.
Mike Oldfield, a recent Ayers sideman, barely out of his teens and already renowned as creator of the premier rock leviathan of the past twelve months, Tubular Bells
John “Rabbit” Bundrick
And on the fringes, at the show or elsewhere, but looking on regardless, an extended circle of friends and family, acquaintances and strangers that encompasses some of the most vital musical and artistic talents of that (or any other) age… Daevid Allen, Gavin Bryars, Tom Newman, Soft Machine, Bridget St John, Annea Lockwood, Fred Frith, Bill MacCormick, Henry Cow, the Velvet Underground, Gong, Lady June, Phil Manzanera, Hugh Hopper, Lindsay Cooper, Francis Monkman, Robert Fripp, Steve York, Tim Blake, Steve Hillage, Lol Coxhill, David Bedford, Gary Windo, Dave MacRae, Quiet Sun, Matching Mole, Roxy Music, Eno’s Obscure Records and the International Carnival of Experimental Sound… and a cast of thousands.
A day-by-day guide to a generation’s worth of classic albums, legendary concerts, mythic festivals and astonishing events, from Phun City to Hyde Park, from the Roundhouse to Reading, from the Belgian Woodstock to the Exploding Plastic Inevitable; and packed with exclusive interviews and material, June 1st 1974 is the story of one magical evening, and – for the decade on either side of it – the careers that made it possible.
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