Rock & Roll Traveler USA, 1st Edition (Fodor's)

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America Through the Eyes of a Rock and Roll TravelerAmerica Through the Eyes of a Rock and Roll Traveler

When you think of New York City, do you imagine a great view from the Empire State Building -- or late nights at CBGBs?

In L.A., do you want to tour the Queen Mary -- or visit the landmark where Janis Joplin hit Jim Morrison over the head with a bottle of Southern Comfort?

Would you rather go to New Orleans to see Jackson Square -- or catch B.B. King during Jazz Fest?

Get Ready for the Ultimate Road Trip!

Rock & Roll Traveler USA is the ultimate road-trip reference. Riveting, entertaining, and packed with never-before-seen photographs, this guide covers the nation's famous (and not-so-famous) rock landmarks, plus all the hot spots in U.S. music today. From New York to L.A., from Robert Johnson's Mississippi Delta to Kurt Cobain's Seattle, discover an American landscape you'll find nowhere else.

Momentous Gigs The Beatles invade America, Elvis goes Vegas, the Band has a last waltz, the Sex Pistols storm the South.

Pop Shrines The Chelsea Hotel, Whisky A Go Go, Threadgill's, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Motown, and -- the mother ship -- Graceland.

Unruly Rockers Where Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison, the Who, and other big stars of bad behavior lived fast, died young, and let it all hang out.

Sound Suppliers Record Stores (new, used, and vinyl), recording studios, and the best local clubs for catching a pop revolution in progress.

Funky Kitchens Athens' Weaver D's (where soul food is "automatic for the people"), Tupelo's Elvis-inspired McDonald's, Barney's Beanery in L.A., and other eats with ambience.

Great Photos One-of-a-kind pictures shot by local photographers: the first ever Foo Fighters gig (at Portland's Satyricon), the Beastie Boys playing b-ball with the Knicks, Fugazi jamming at the Washington Monument, and more.

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The crucial element to a great road trip is direction. If your heart beats to a rock-and-roll tempo, Rock & Roll Traveler USA is the ultimate road-trip reference for worshipping at the shrines of the great. See the venue where Bruce Springsteen launched his Born in the U.S.A. tour, the house where Chuck Berry was born, the theater where Jimi Hendrix won Amateur Night in the sixties, and the spot where Janis Joplin hit Jim Morrison over the head with a Southern Comfort bottle. Also included are record stores across the U.S., funky cafés, details on momentous gigs, and rock landmarks from New York to Los Angeles and from Robert Johnson's Mississippi Delta to Kurt Cobain's Seattle.

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America Through the Eyes of a Rock and Roll TravelerINTRODUCTION

More than a million people have already passed through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and thousands fill Austin's hotel rooms each weekend for a taste of live music. We all know people who go on vacation and come back with tales not of the major tourist sights, but of some obscure neighborhood that was mentioned in a song or of a great spot where their favorite band used to hang out.  Yet when it comes to travel guides and brochures, rock and other popular music is largely ignored -- which is why it seemed obvious that we should write this book.

Our aim was to provide a fun read -- something that's as enjoyable while you're lazing on the sofa as it is useful in the glove compartment on a road trip.  That's why we've provided a grounding on all the country's famous venues, from D.C.'s 9:30 Club to San Francisco's Fillmore.  We include the histories of many groundbreaking studios, from Boston's indie-hits factory, Fort Apache, to the heart of soul in Muscle Shoals and the Memphis studios where rock & roll first bloomed.  We've also unearthed great secondhand-record stores like Pittsburgh's Jerry's and the Great Escape in Nashville, and provided listings of top bars, clubs, and places to grab a bite to eat nationwide.  We've included many former homes of the stars and other privately owned places (so please don't give us a bad name by hanging around too much).

We also tried to give a nod to important local bands and highlight the current scene in cities. Bear in mind that this book is focused on destinations: if a band hasn't written about a particular place, or done something of note at specific locations, then they're not going to get as much attention as a Springsteen (who mentions towns at any convenience), Led Zeppelin (whose 70's tours left a catalog of chaos), or Nirvana (whose brief history is both one of this decade's most influential musical episodes and directly linked to a particular city's sound).

We hope you grab a friend, compile some tapes, do the road trip, and let us know how you get on.

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