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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Greatest Moments

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1988 Mick Jagger Inducts the Beatles: The moment is bittersweet; Paul McCartney misses the induction due to a legal dispute with Yoko Ono, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

1989 'The Stones Changed My Life Completely': Pete Townshend inducts the Rolling Stones.

1990 Seasons' End: The original lineup of the Four Seasons reunites for the first time since the mid-1960s and sings together for what would be the last time.

1991 The Byrds: Eight Miles High Again: Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke unite for what would be the last time.

1992 The All-Star Jam for Jimi: Keith Richards, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, Little Richard and more rock greats give an epic salute to Jimi Hendrix.

Next: Cream Reunites, McCartney's Final Message to Lennon and More

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Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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