Landmarks: Fueling the Connections of Music History

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"Sweet Emotion House" - Boston, MA
Established: 1970
Notable Acts: Aerosmith
Historical Significance: From 1970 to 1972, future Aerosmith rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry lived in this unassuming house at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. Here, they plotted how to get a record deal and wrote the songs that would comprise their 1973 self-titled debut, including "Mama Kin" and "Dream On." Columbia came calling soon after, and the band returned to their former abode 19 years later for the "Sweet Emotion" video.

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North Aberdeen Bridge - Aberdeen, WA
Established: c. 1982
Notable Acts: Nirvana
Historical Significance: Kurt Cobain referenced this overpass in Nevermind’s closing track: "Underneath the bridge/Tarp has sprung a leak." During his lifetime, the singer propagated a myth that he lived under the bridge, though biographers note he likely spent his homeless days with friends. In 2011, the Aberdeen city council voted against a proposal to rename the bridge after Cobain. They did, however, allow a 13-foot statue of his Fender guitar to be installed nearby.

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Grateful Dead House - San Francisco, CA
Established: 1966
Notable Acts: The Grateful Dead
Historical Significance: The Dead’s residency at 710 Ashbury, alongside neighbors Janis Joplin and members of Jefferson Airplane, helped cement the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood as an epicenter of Sixties counter culture. The band lived in this stately Victorian until March of 1968, a period that included the release of the band’s first album, the Summer of Love and the infamous drug bust of October 1967, chronicled in the debut issue of Rolling Stone.

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Motown/Hitsville, USA - Detroit, MI
Established: 1959
Notable Acts: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5
Historical Significance: Berry Gordy launched the Motown empire from this former photography studio in Detroit’s New Center district. He started the Tamla Records imprint here, converting the space that would come to be known as Hitsville, U.S.A. into offices and a recording studio; eventually the building would house Gordy’s publishing arm, Jobete, plus a studio where Motown artists were trained to sing and dance.

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Bob Dylan's Childhood Home - Hibbing, MN
Established: 1947
Notable Acts: Bob Dylan
Historical Significance: This celebrated songwriter was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941, but grew up in the tiny hamlet of Hibbing when his family moved north six years later. Dylan graduated from the local high school in 1959 and soon thereafter began a journey that would change music as we know.

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Antone's - Austin, TX
Established: 1975
Notable Acts: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy
Historical Significance: Since its opening in the summer of 1975, Antone’s has been the epicenter of the Austin scene. In its first few years, the club offered the late Stevie Ray Vaughan an opportunity to jam with blues great Albert King. Vaughan went on to solo stardom, and the space has since hosted performances by Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and Bono.

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Hotel California (Beverly Hills Hotel) - Beverly Hills, CA
Established: 1912
Notable Acts: The Eagles, Frank Sinatra, John Lennon
Historical Significance: Although "Hotel California" was more about a state of mind than any specific place, the Beverly Hills Hotel appeared on the cover of the Eagles’ landmark 1976 album, forever connecting the two. In addition to bands, the swanky 204-room palace has played host to movie stars and European royalty. Sinatra, Dean Martin and their Rat Pack pals were fond of drinking in the Polo Lounge bar, and Lennon and Yoko Ono spent a week holed up in one of the hotel’s 21 bungalows.

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CBGB - New York, NY
Established: 1973
Notable Acts: The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads
Historical Significance: Bar owner Hilly Kristal revamped his Hilly’s on the Bowery as a venue called CBGB & OMFUG: Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gourmandizers. In its early days, Suicide, Wayne County and Television set the tone for the avant-garde scene that would make CBGB an internationally recognized punk rock hub. By the summer of ’74, the Ramones and Blondie were regulars, soon to be followed by Patti Smith, Talking Heads and the Heartbreakers.

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Sun Studio - Memphis, TN
Established: 1950
Notable Acts: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis
Historical Significance: Opened by early rock champion Sam Phillips and originally called Memphis Recording Service, this recording studio - later attached to Phillips’ influential label, Sun Records - hosted sessions from some of rock’s earliest icons. Most notable was Elvis Presley, who, in August of 1953, recorded his first official tracks here, including the breakout single "It’s Alright, Mama."

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Fat's Domino House - New Orleans, LA
Established: c. 1930
Notable Acts: Fats Domino
Historical Significance: A lifelong resident of the Lower Ninth ward, Fats’ compound still stands in the famed New Orleans neighborhood. Domino, who now lives in nearby Harvey, owned two adjacent properties: the main house is yellow with black trim; the other is cream, green and pink and home to his childhood sweetheart, Rosemary. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina flooded the space, stranding Domino (who had to be rescued by the Coast Guard).

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