Top travel destinations for rock’n’roll enthusiasts (part 4)
We’re back to looking at the various destinations that all of you rock’n’roll enthusiasts might want to keep an eye out while traveling the globe. Today we’ll be focusing a lot of the U.S. and particularly New York, lots of music history from that major metropolis.
New York City – Physical Graffiti buildings
Led Zepellin’s double album Physical Graffiti features a photo of the two tenement building on 96-98 st. Marks Place in the East Village.
The casual listener may not know this, but in order to get the dimensions right for the cover, Peter Corriston – the cover designer – cropped out the fourth of five floors – the cover was nominated for a Grammy, so it was definitely the right thing to do.
The cover also caught the eye of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards so they can be seen sitting on the stoop of the building for their 1981 ‘Waiting for a Friend’ video. Interestingly enough, Tattoo You’s cover, the album that song comes from, was also designed by Corriston. A destination truly worthy of a rock’n’roll list.
Chicago – Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven
This is the original site of Chess Studios where, between 1957 to 1967, names like Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Chuck berry and even the Rolling Stones recorded tracks. Currently it is a non-profit site named after the blues musician who wrote a lot of the songs that were produced here. Throughout the summer, you can enjoy free blues concerts on Thursdays.
New York, Bethel – The Woodstock Museum
The hippie music festival which entered into history and then legend, the event in which Jimi Hendrix played his version of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and Joe Cocker busted out his dance moves. The thing is that all of that didn’t really happen near Woodstock, it was near Bethel. You can relive parts of that event by visiting the Bethel museum.