Saturday, August 4, 2007

Landmarks of Rock- New Book

The July 29th Chicago Tribune had an article about author Chris Epting's new book "Led Zeppelin Crashed Here" which is a guide to rock and roll sites in the US.

Even though Chicago is often called the World Capital of the Blues, many residents do not know much about the blues stars that call the city home. However, the Rolling Stones sure did. One of the Chicago landmarks is Chess Records at 2120 Michigan Avenue. This was the home of Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Howlin' Wolf. The Stones even recorded a song called "2120 Michigan Avenue."

Epting, who also wrote "James Dean Died Here", says that 60 percent of his readers are male, but one thing that surprises him is how many teenagers are into classic rock, often wearing Jimi Hendrix or Doors shirts.

Chicago also gets mention for the site of the Grateful Dead's last concert at Soldier Field and the Astor Towers Hotel (now an apartment building) where John Lennon held his press conference to cool off the furor caused by his more popular than Jesus remark. Also, downstate Benton, Illinois has the home of George Harrison's sister where he spent some months before the Beatles got big. It is now a B&B called "A Hard Day's Night Bed & Breakfast."

Think I'll Have to Check This Book Out. --RoadDog

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