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Music Trumps Moon Landing : All Songs Considered

Rock band “Blind Faith” pose for a portrait in 1969. (L-R): Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton.

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I told this story on the 40th anniversary of the first moonwalk, but on this 50th anniversary, like grandpa, I’ll tell it again.

It was July 21, 1969 and I had tickets to see the supergroup of supergroups: Blind Faith. I was psyched until I realized that it was to be the night of the very first manned moon landing — and the very first time a human would walk on the moon.

I was so torn. In my teen and preteen life I’d watched every major rocket launch. I loved the space program. The moon landing was to be this incredible and uncertain event, but I was also a music fanatic (surprise), and the idea of seeing Eric Clapton (he was so good back then), Stevie Winwood (he was so good back

Article source: https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2019/07/19/743123044/music-beats-the-moon-landing

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