Landmarks: Fueling the Connections of Music History
"Sweet Emotion House" - Boston, MA
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.
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.
cc image courtesy Chrispugh on Flickr
Grateful Dead House - San Francisco, CA
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.
cc image courtesy Jolly Jolson on Flickr
Motown/Hitsville, USA - Detroit, MI