As the latest instalment in their ever-expanding repertoire of culture-as-seen-by-Google-Street-View, The Guardian have created a series of images showing the precise locations where some of the most iconic album covers in history were captured. The legions of music fans can now visit these places from the comfort of their bedroom, which will hopefully cut down on crowds for the unfortunate residents.
From The Beatles to Bob Dylan (via P J Harvey), The Guardian’s Street View specialist Halley Docherty puts these monumental music artworks into their rightful place in the real world. Sadly some of the backdrops no longer exist outside of the album cover, such as the childhood home of Marshall Mathers (Eminem) as featured on his LP of the same name. The house in which the rapper spent his formative years and which is only metres from 8-Mile, unfortunately was demolished after a fire in 2013.
It’s bizarre to see how much some of these places have changed so much in over a few years while others remained untouched after half a century. For instant Jones Street on the cover of Dylan’s 1963 album Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan seems identical, as does the New York City apartment block on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti
It’s a miracle that the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing still exists at all as it happens, as the local council has to repaint the nearby walls every three months to cover the scrawling left by Beatles fans and keep the road signs out of reach to prevent them being constantly pilfered.
Via The Guardian