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Today in Rock: August 6

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Marvin Hamlisch
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1928 and 2012.

On this day in 1928 Andy Warhol, who will make his mark on the music world as manager for the Velvet Underground and designer of the Rolling Stones lips logo, is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

On this day in 1966 As the Fleet Street press in London reports on the "bigger than Jesus" controversy in America, Beatles manager Brian Epstein cuts his vacation short and flies to New York City for a televised press conference where he defends John Lennon's remarks, stating "The quote which John Lennon made to a London columnist has been quoted and misrepresented entirely out of context of the article, which was in fact highly complementary to Lennon as a person. . . Lennon didn't mean to boast about The Beatles' fame. He meant to point out that The Beatles' effect appeared to be a more immediate one upon, certainly, the younger generation. John is deeply concerned and regrets that people with certain religious beliefs should have been offended."

On this day in 1981 Stevie Nicks releases her Bella Donna platter.

On this day in 1989 with their song "F*ck tha Police" causing an uproar, Detroit police stop N.W.A's performance before they can perform the song, and escort them back to their hotel. No charges are filed and officers tell the rappers that they "wanted to show the kids that you can't say 'F*ck the police' in Detroit."

On this day in 2008 Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Nine Inch Nails and Kanye West take over Chicago as another Lollapalooza weekend occurs. (Did you know your randy writer dated the mother of the NIN drummer? It’s true! “I wanna f*ck you like an animal” indeed . . .)

On this day in 2012 composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch dies at age 68.