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What are the Greatest Festival Moments in Rock and Roll History?

For decades, music festivals have set the stage for seismic shifts in rock and roll. Here are 20 festival moments that changed the worldwide musical landscape forever. Click "more" to see the performances then vote for the Top 10 festival moments. See each represented in the Rock Hall's 2014 major exhibition – Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, opening April 25, 2014.

Bob Dylan | Newport Folk Festival (1965)

Three songs that changed the course of popular music forever.

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Sly and the Family Stone | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969)

Channeling Woodstock spirit and rewriting the book on performance.

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Otis Redding | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)

A breakthrough performance in the truest sense.

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Queen | Live Aid (1985)

Stealing the show at arguably the greatest live concert ever staged.

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)

A legendary debut as the most incendiary group in rock and roll.

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Big Brother and the Holding Company | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)

Power, energy and an awe-struck crowd: meet Janis Joplin.

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Deadmau5 | Lollapalooza (2011)

"The world's finest puppeteer at work" builds party of the summer.

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Santana | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969)

A singular performance that introduced a new sound to rock music.

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U2 | Live Aid (1985)

An artist creates intimacy in the least intimate circumstances and makes an indelible connection.

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Jay-Z | Glastonbury Festival (2008)

Proof the festival wasn’t just about “the tradition of guitar music.”

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Snoop Dogg with Dr. Dre and holographic Tupac Shakur | Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (2012)

A rare performer, his protégé and the notion that death was no longer a barrier to reunions.

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Daft Punk | Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (2006)

A sea change for EDM, and a challenge to artists to greater feats of experimentation and audience engagement.

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Radiohead | Glastonbury Festival (1997)

New material, a fresh sound and a commanding performance mint one of the UK’s greatest bands.

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Phish with Bruce Springsteen | Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (2009)

Styles and generations unexpectedly come together to reveal power of music's bridge.

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Nirvana | Reading Festival (1992)

The set that sealed Nirvana's legacy as most important new band of the 90s.

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Amy Winehouse | South by Southwest (2007)

The rare moment when hype was surpassed by true talent.

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Nine Inch Nails | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1994)

Catapulted to mainstream with mud, industrial music and a truly mesmerizing moment

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Muddy Waters | Newport Jazz Festival (1960)

How the blues was masterfully delivered to a new audience.

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Oasis | Glastonbury Festival (1994)

The match that lit the Brit Pop movement and a new generation of UK talent.

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Isaac Hayes | Wattstax (1972)

The commanding culmination of a soulful community celebration.

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