Each book gives the reader a guide to 650 music locations with fascinating details and stories along with hundreds of rare photos in colour and black & white.
However, it is the wealth of information on the less-well known locations and other artists that make both of these books such a fascinating read. The entries cover graves, plaques, memorials, locations of album cover and video shoots, record stores, venues and recording studios and artists including The Jam, Duffy, Linda Ronstadt, The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix…the list just goes on and on!
It would be impossible to list them all but, in the United Kingdom edition, it was interesting to read about where Joe Meek recorded hits like Telstar, the site of Elvis Presley's only visit to the UK (Prestwick Airport in Scotland), Regent Sounds Studio in Denmark Street and the BBC's Maida Vale Studios.
Do you know where the cover photo of Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds Of Silence was taken, the location of Johnny Cash's two famous prison concerts or the history of Doug Weston's famous club The Troubadour…you'll find it all in the USA edition which also includes information about my favourite (musically speaking) areas of Tennesee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Roberts has done an incredible job of bringing all these facts together and, as a music journalist, avid collector and despite having visited many of the places listed there were still hundreds of facts and hidden gems that I did not know about before. My only minor complaint is the lack of an index in the United Kingdom & Ireland edition. Both books are worthy additions to any music fans library and indispensable guides to anyone who wants to take a road trip and visit many of the locations listed. Highly recommended!
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