From 1973 to 1981, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert bridged the gap between The Ed Sullivan Show and MTV eras. The concert television program was broadcast on ABC and featured great music acts such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, ABBA, and Bob Marley.  The show embodied what rock music is all about by booking the hottest rock stars of the time and showcasing them in a live, raw format.

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  • Tommy Ramone – 4 Live Moments by American Songwriter
    A great compilation of Tommy Ramone’s live performances by Alli Patton at American Songwriter. Including, this excerpt: In 1977, the band made an appearance on the music variety show, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, playing another fiery set for television audiences. The drummer can be glimpsed in the back, delivering a durable beat to songs like … Read more
  • “IT’S ALIVE” highlights Sly & the Family Stone “If You Want Me To Stay” (1973) on Louisville Public Media
    It’s Alive is an LPM show that briefly devotes the airwaves to live music everyday at 1pm. Tune in to hear this performance and more live tracks! Excerpt: The funk rock legend, Sly Stone, came from a musical family, and was considered a prodigy at a young age. At 23 he founded what would become his … Read more
  • Classic Rock History: Before MTV, There Was Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert
    Classic Rock History has posted a great article contrasting the show’s origin to what came next, written by Brian Kachejian. Excerpt: In the 1960’s and 70s’s we never imagined the advent of MTV, cable television, and even the internet. Our only opportunity to enjoy music was from the vinyl grooves of the albums we loved, … Read more
  • Alice Cooper’s Controversy Live on ABC
    Tyler Golsen at Farout Magazine highlights the moment that Don Kirshner invited Alice Cooper to be the first band to appear when the new show launched on ABC in November of 1972. Check out this great post, including this excerpt: Within a few minutes, a rerun of the 1960s western Rawhide was being shown instead. … Read more
  • Congratulations Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014
    All of us at Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert would like to congratulate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014: Cat Stevens was one of the most popular singer-songwriters of the ‘60s and ‘70s, responsible for hits such as “Wild World,” “Father and Son,” and “Peace Train.” In the 80s he dropped out … Read more
  • New Documentary About Jim Morrison and The Doors
    Just days after The Doors finished recording the album “L.A. Woman” in January 1971, the band’s iconic front man Jim Morrison left for Paris, France. He would never return, as 6 months later, the world lost a great artist and musician.  While he left us far too early, the incredible music legacy of Jim Morrison … Read more