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Rock Shrines: Where the Myths Begin and the Stars Become Legends

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Buddy Holly.
Jimi Hendix.
Janis Joplin.
Kurt Cobain.
Michael Jackson.

Musical gods gone too soon. Truly visionaries of their time, these recording heavyweights are just a few of the names that grace the world's most beloved rock 'n' roll shrines. From Elvis Presley's Graceland home in Memphis to John ...

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Overview

Buddy Holly.
Jimi Hendix.
Janis Joplin.
Kurt Cobain.
Michael Jackson.

Musical gods gone too soon. Truly visionaries of their time, these recording heavyweights are just a few of the names that grace the world's most beloved rock 'n' roll shrines. From Elvis Presley's Graceland home in Memphis to John Lennon's "Imagine" memorial in New York's Central Park to Marc Bolan's roadside shrine in London, Rock Shrines reveals the final resting spots, statues, and impromptu shrines commemorating the lives and music of rock's biggest stars.

Packed with stunning photography as well as rarely seen memorabilia—autopsy reports, death certificates, and personal writings—that depict the most intimate moments in the lives and deaths of rock's greatest legends, this book is a tribute to all they left behind. A celebration of rock's immortal soul, it is the ultimate compendium for any music lover interested in paying homage to rock's predecessors.

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With their roving, rowdy lives, rock stars attract more groupies than Boswells. Many rock biographies consist of little more than random vignettes picked up along the tour road. What makes Rock Shrines special is that it focuses on the spaces where these icons intersected with history, some fatally. This book touches dozens of superstar bases, including Bob Marley, Brian Jones, Buddy Holly, Dee Dee Ramone, Dennis Wilson, Elvis Presley, Jerry Garcia, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Sam Cooke, Sid Vicious, Kurt Cobain, and Michael Jackson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061778643
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas H. Green is a freelance journalist based on the south coast of England. He writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, Mixmag, and Q magazine, and is founding editor of the music and lifestyle webzine, www.beatmag.ent. Thomas began his career reporting on the explosion of dance music and electronica in the nineties. These days, however, he is as likely to write about pop, heavy metal, or jazz as he is techno, although he's still occasionally to be found in nightclubs as dawn approaches.

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