Honor Thy Rock: 5 Rock ’n’ Roll Destinations You MUST Visit

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I meet few people who are into rock as much as I am. I dig rock in all forms: punk rock, rock 'n' roll, heavy metal, rock art, rock cairns. I also dig rock. You see, I'm an archaeologist. My job sometimes takes me to places in the California deserts, where people have lived for thousands of years. And after I visited these places enough, I began to see and experience the landscape in a completely different way. You would, too. How else can you start to understand the ancient Californian's worldview if you do not, on occasion, try and see the world through their eyes.


And what I learned from the past is that many of these desert cultures were really into rock. They stacked rock, made designs on the desert surface with rock, and they even painted on rock. And these same people who honored the rock, also made pilgrimages to different rocks. The rock is and was cosmic. That got me thinking about rock 'n' roll destinations in America every music fan should visit. Here's my top 5 in descending order, saving the best for last. 5. Seattle, Washington: The mythological birthplace of Nirvana and the Pearl Jam - and, of course, grunge. 4. The Whiskey A Go Go, Hollywood, California: A legendary spot located along the Sunset Strip in mysterious and crazy Los Angeles that opened its door to whom else, but The Doors, as well as many bands Rockabye Baby has lullabied, including The Police, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Ramones, Van Halen and Red Hot Chili Peppers. 3. Ed Sullivan Theater, New York City, New York: If you can make it here, well, you can make it anywhere. How very true. This number three spot on your rock 'n' roll pilgrimage was the launching pad for Beatlemania in America. 2. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio: Rockers of mythological proportions are honored here, such as Rush, Guns N' Roses, Black Sabbath . . . The list goes on. 1. Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee: And, of course, the final resting place of the undisputed King of Rock, Elvis Presley, is a must for any pilgrimage of rock. Of course, when you do decide to take your kids on your ultimate rock destination, don't forget to bring a great soundtrack for the journey. These releases below would definitely be fitting. Always remember to honor thy rock!

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