Photo: Lynn GoldsmithOne of those rare moments when people actually understand the power that they have over political action, a few hundred thousand people converged upon Madison Square Garden on this day in 1979, and the next four days, to rally round the notion that the future of the world’s existence would be better off without nuclear energy, billed under the Musicians United for Safe Energy collective as “No Nukes: The Muse Concerts For a Non-Nuclear Future.” Soundtracking the event were a plethora of folk and rock heavyweights, but one of the night’s most tangible moment came when James Taylor, Carly Simon, John Hall and Graham Nash harmonized on a cover of one of Dylan‘s most threateningly perfect bright acoustic gem, “The Times They Are-a-Changin’,” cut to a mere 1:45 of its original length, yet calculated to burst right on its new opening verse:

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’