In 1969, the Newport Jazz Festival decided to invite a few rock bands to join the predominantly jazz lineup. Led Zeppelin was scheduled to close Sunday, the final night of the festival. But after Friday's rock bands performed, local authorities told promoter George Wein that "in the interest of public safety", Zeppelin had to be pulled from the lineup. Wein announced that the band would not perform due to illness. Zeppelin had just had a knockout performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival the day before and was adamant about playing. So, at 1am Monday morning, Led Zeppelin took the stage and proceeded to destroy the audience with another memorable show.
Photographer, Joe Sia, captured moments by focusing on the faces of the performers, the crowd, and by giving the background, whether simple or wild, the importance it deserved in defining the artist and event. Sia's entire archive consists more than a quarter of a million photographs that document almost 35 years of music genre and giants.
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