By Scott T. Sterling
Earlier this year, it was revealed that London’s iconic Battersea Power Station was set to be demolished to make room for a “mixed use facility” that will include luxury villas.
The news was most disconcerting to Pink Floyd fans, as the Power Station’s chimneys are prominently featured on the band’s 1977 album, Animals (pictured above) making it a rock ‘n’ roll tourist attraction for those fans to visit and photograph when in London (developers have promised to recreate the chimneys to maintain the iconic status).
Music fans are quick to lionize locations immortalized on the album covers of their favorite artists. What was once just another building can quickly become a revered shrine after such a featured appearance (see Solutions Audio-Video Repair in L.A., far more famous for being the site of Elliott Smith‘s Figure 8 album cover and an ad hoc memorial for the late singer).
Here’s a rundown of 10 such locations, ranging from high-end furniture stores to old-school record stores.
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
The legendary metal pioneers’ storied 1970 debut was perfectly packaged with the foreboding and downright scary image of a witchy-looking woman lurking in the woods front of an ominous house in the background. In reality, that structure is the Mapledurham Watermill, found on the beatific shores of the River Thames in Oxfordshire, England. Black Sabbath fans hoping to get up close and personal with the site can do so, but only on weekend afternoons and bank holidays between mid-April through September (and Sunday afternoons in October). Click here for prices and more details.
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
For Zeppelin’s heralded 1975 double-album masterpiece, cover designer Peter Corriston found inspiration in his neighborhood of the East Village in New York — the building located at 96 and 98 St. Marks Place, near Avenue A, to be exact. ”I had come up a concept for the band based on the tenement, people living there and moving in and out,” he told the New York Times in 2002. “The original album featured the building with the windows cut out on the cover and various sleeves that could be placed under the cover, filling the windows with the album title, track information or liner notes,” which we imagine provided listeners lots of visual entertainment while taking in songs like “Kashmir” and “In My Time of Dying.” Fans can see the building up close and personal as part of the “Rock Junket East Village Rock n Punk Tour.” Corriston would go on to use the same location as the setting for the Rolling Stones’ promo video to 1981 single, “Waiting On a Friend.”