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PHOTOS: Boston’s late 20th-century music scene

From influential, second-tier acts to bona fide MTV stars, Boston was once a seminal force in modern rock.

The Voodoo Dolls perform at The Rat in Boston in an undated photo.
The Voodoo Dolls perform at The Rat in Boston in an undated photo.Eric H. Antoniou/Freelance/The Boston Globe


The advertising offices of WBCN, one of the most influential rock stations in the country, in May 1973.
The advertising offices of WBCN, one of the most influential rock stations in the country, in May 1973.William C. Curtis, Globe Staff
WBCN disc jockey Charles Laquidara spinning records in March 1972.
WBCN disc jockey Charles Laquidara spinning records in March 1972.Bob Dean, Globe Staff/Globe Staff
The Mosh pit was the place to be at the WBCN River Rave in Mansfield in this undated photo.
The Mosh pit was the place to be at the WBCN River Rave in Mansfield in this undated photo.Hunt, Justine Globe Staff/The Boston Globe - The Boston Gl
The Cars (Elliot Easton, Rick Ocasek, Benjamin Orr, and Greg Hawkes) performing at The Paradise Theater on June 29, 1978 in Boston.
The Cars (Elliot Easton, Rick Ocasek, Benjamin Orr, and Greg Hawkes) performing at The Paradise Theater on June 29, 1978 in Boston.Ron Pownall/Getty Images
Aerosmith performed at the Boston Garden on Nov. 27, 1978.
Aerosmith performed at the Boston Garden on Nov. 27, 1978.Janet Knott/Globe Staff/The Boston Globe
The Cars. Front row: Ric Ocasek. Back row, left to right: Dave Robinson, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, and Ben Orr.
The Cars. Front row: Ric Ocasek. Back row, left to right: Dave Robinson, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, and Ben Orr.Handout
The new New Edition group: Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, and Ricky Bell.
The new New Edition group: Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, and Ricky Bell.HANDOUT PHOTO
Slam dancing at The Rat on Dec. 3, 1985.
Slam dancing at The Rat on Dec. 3, 1985.Jenkins, Keith Globe Library/The Boston Globe
Lead Singer of the Cars, Ric Ocasek, performs at the Boston Garden in Boston on Nov. 9, 1987.
Lead Singer of the Cars, Ric Ocasek, performs at the Boston Garden in Boston on Nov. 9, 1987.John Mottern/Globe Staff/The Boston Globe
New Kids on the Block Day in Boston on April 24, 1989. From left are: Jon Knight, Governor Michael Dukakis, Joe McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, producer Maurice Starr, Danny Wood, and (bottom) Jordan Knight.
New Kids on the Block Day in Boston on April 24, 1989. From left are: Jon Knight, Governor Michael Dukakis, Joe McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, producer Maurice Starr, Danny Wood, and (bottom) Jordan Knight.AP
From left, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, and Ronnie DeVoe of the R&B group New Edition receive a Hall of Fame award at the Boston Music Awards in Boston on Apr. 16, 1991.
From left, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, and Ronnie DeVoe of the R&B group New Edition receive a Hall of Fame award at the Boston Music Awards in Boston on Apr. 16, 1991.Tom Herde/Globe Staff/The Boston Globe
The Pixies pose for a portrait in February 1992.
The Pixies pose for a portrait in February 1992./Handout/The Boston Globe
On May 30, 1992, Marky Mark, pop singer from Dorchester (right) as his brother Donny Wahlberg, singer in the pop group New Kids on the Block, announces to the crowd that Saturday was Marky Mark's birthday. (He turned 21.) They performed before a sold-out crowd at Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts.
On May 30, 1992, Marky Mark, pop singer from Dorchester (right) as his brother Donny Wahlberg, singer in the pop group New Kids on the Block, announces to the crowd that Saturday was Marky Mark's birthday. (He turned 21.) They performed before a sold-out crowd at Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts.The Boston Globe - The Boston Gl/Boston Globe
Dee Stroy and his girlfriend, Molly Blom, enjoy an event at The Rat in Kenmore Square on Sept. 14, 1996. Stroy is a member of The johnnies (name spelled with lowercase), a punk band out of Plymouth.
Dee Stroy and his girlfriend, Molly Blom, enjoy an event at The Rat in Kenmore Square on Sept. 14, 1996. Stroy is a member of The johnnies (name spelled with lowercase), a punk band out of Plymouth.ROBINSON-CHAVEZ, Michael GLOBE P