This week marks the 37th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's famous 1977 show at the Hartford Civic Center. The performance was later released as the live album "To Terrapin: Hartford '77." It certainly wasn't the only memorable concert to come to Connecticut. Story By Mike Hamad | firstname.lastname@example.org In March 1964, 44-year-old Bridgeport resident Joseph J. Farkes was pulled over for speeding on the Connecticut Turnpike. Typically, Farkes blamed his daughter for blasting the radio and making it impossible for him to judge the car's speed (a sketchy way of gauging speed if there ever was one). "It must have been that Beatle music," quipped Judge Max H. Reicher, shortly before handing down a $30 fine (today’s equivalent figure: $226.26). So begins Connecticut's long history of blaming bad behavior on rock music. Two years later, in 1966, exuberant youngsters at a Rolling Stones concert at Hartford's Dillon Stadium acted so poorly, the show had to be cut short. The following year, in New Haven, Doors singer Jim Morrison, maced backstage by a local cop, became the first singer in history to be dragged off the stage in the middle of a concert. Even stoned hippies at area Grateful Dead shows caused trouble and made headlines. To honor the Courant's long, excellent history of covering pop music in Connecticut, here's a quick look at a few memorable shows - rowdy and otherwise - we might have forgotten.
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