10 Great American Music Landmarks

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Electric Lady Studios (New York City): Fifty years ago, Jimi Hendrix used some of the proceeds from his new stardom to buy a defunct rock club in New York’.

Paisley Park (Chanhassen, Minnesota): Paisley Park, a 65-thousand-square-foot complex constructed in in Chanhassen.

Sun Studio (Memphis, Tennessee): This unassuming brick building situated on the busy Memphis thoroughfare Union Avenue may very well be the place where rock & roll was born.

Music Row, Nashville: Spanning a mile-long stretch of 16th and 17th Avenues South.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama: This small town in Northwest Alabama became the center of pop, rock and soul music-making in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Motown Museum (Detroit): No institution did more in the 1960s to export soul music to the masses than Motown.

The Crossroads (Clarksdale, Miss.): The crossroads where Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil is a real.

Museum of Pop Culture (Seattle): This is the only museum to host both Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged cardigan and Luke Skywalker’s severed hand from The Emperor Strikes Back. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, Ohio): Since it opened its doors on Labor Day in 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been the home to rock’s most important archives and artifacts.

Graceland (Memphis, Tennessee): Elvis Presley purchased the property originally known as Graceland Farms in March 1957.

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