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The Locations Behind Iconic Album Sleeves

The guys at NME hopped on Google Maps to bring you 28 real life locales that adorn some of your favorite records, and where to find them. They claim that from Abbey Road to Paul’s Boutique, some seemingly innocuous places have been so immortalized by the iconic record sleeves that bear their image that they’ve become destinations in their own right. Right? Right.


Beastie Boys: Paul’s Boutique – Corner of Ludlow St and Rivington St, New York


Black Sabbath, ‘Black Sabbath’ – Mapledurham Watermill, Oxfordshire, UK


Bob Dylan: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – Jones Street/ West 4th Street, New York City


David Bowie: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust – 23 Heddon St, London


Elliott Smith, ‘Figure 8’ – Solutions Audio Visual Repair, 4334 W. Sunset Boulevard


Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti – 96 and 98 St. Mark’s Place, East Village, New York City


Madness, ‘Absolutely’ – Chalk Farm Underground Station, London


MGMT, ‘MGMT’ – Stylz Unlimited, Durham, New York State


Oasis, ‘What’s The Story (Morning Glory)?’ – Berwick St, Soho, London


Pink Floyd, ‘Animals’ – Battersea Power Station, London


The Streets, ‘Original Pirate Material’ – Kestrel House, City Road, London


Tame Impala, ‘Lonerism’ – Luxembourg Gardens, Paris


Unknown Mortal Orchestra, ‘Unknown Mortal Orchestra’ – Petrova Gora Monument, Croatia


Wilco, ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ – Marina City Towers, Chicago

The Beatles, 'Abbey Road' – Abbey Road, London

The Beatles, ‘Abbey Road’ – Abbey Road, London

Eminem, 'Marshall Mathers' - 19446 Dresden St, Detroit

Eminem, ‘Marshall Mathers’ – 19446 Dresden St, Detroit

Kiss, 'Dressed to Kill' - 23rd St & Eighth Avenue, New York

Kiss, ‘Dressed to Kill’ – 23rd St & Eighth Avenue, New York

Nas, 'Illmatic' - 10th & 41st, Long Island

Nas, ‘Illmatic’ – 10th & 41st, Long Island

LL Cool J, 'Bigger & Deffer (Bad)' – Andrew Jackson High School, Queens

LL Cool J, ‘Bigger & Deffer (Bad)’ – Andrew Jackson High School, Queens

DJ Shadow, 'Entroducing…' – Records, 1618 Broadway, Sacramento CA

DJ Shadow, ‘Entroducing…’ – Records, 1618 Broadway, Sacramento CA

The Clash, 'The Clash' - Camden Market

The Clash, ‘The Clash’ – Camden Market

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