Bron-Yr-Aur cottage

This 18th century cottage in south Snowdonia became an important part of Led Zeppelin history soon after their third self-titled album was released in 1970.

A childhood retreat for Robert Plant and his family, the band’s singer and guitarist Jimmy Page famously retreated here after a gruelling tour of North America to write and record songs for the more English folk-orientated sound of Led Zeppelin III.

Several tracks that would make Houses of the Holy and the epic double album Physical Graffiti were also cut here, including the cottage referencing jangle of ‘Bron-Y-Aur Stomp’ and ‘Bron-Yr-Aur’.

The cottage has most definitely become a part of Zeppelin’s enduring mystique and mythology.

Location: Bron-Yr-Aur, Machynlleth, Gwynedd, Wales SY20 8QA

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Moydrum Castle

Irish rock giants U2 were captured in sepia tone by Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn in front of this  ruined castle for the cover of their 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire.

The picturesque castle was originally built for the family of William Handcock in the early 1800s, many years after the Handcock dynasty acquired the lands there in the 17th century. The gothic revivalist castle was completed in 1814,  but almost completely destroyed in an arson attack by the IRA in 1921 during the Irish War of Independence.

The castle is situated on private lands, and legend has it Bono and the boys entered the grounds illegally to have their album cover shot taken. Whilst we don’t endorse trespassing, many U2 fans still make the pilgrimage here to view from the distance this important piece of U2 history.

Location: County Irlanda, County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland

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“Big Pink”

56 Parnassus Lane, West Saugerties, New York

This eye-catching house in New York state earned its place in rock ‘n’ roll history when Rick Danko of The Band discovered it and decided to rent it out.

It was at this house that Danko would invite his friends Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson (among others) to play and write music. Dylan would use the house as a retreat, writing and developing song ideas with Danko and Robertson before rehearsing them in its large basement. The recordings made by Dylan and The Band here in 1967 came to be known as The Basement Tapes, and assumed legendary status as a bootleg before finally being released in 1975.

Furthermore, Dylan and The Band wrote the majority of the songs that would become the latter’s début album, the aptly titled Music from Big Pink, in or around the house. The cover illustration for the 1968 album is by Dylan himself.

The house itself was was built by Ottmar Gramms, who bought the land in 1952. It was rented out to Danko and members of the band before being sold in 1977. It was then rented out to to Parnassus Records, a label specializing in classical music, which used the basement as its headquarters. The house has been a private residence since 1998 but rock pilgrims continue to turn up and take pictures outside.

Website: 56 Parnassus Lane, Saugerties, New York, United States 12477

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The Dakota Building

The multi-storey apartment building, which was built from 1880 to 1884, has long been the home of the city’s rich and famous, and has housed many notable tenants including Judy Garland, Paul Simon and Leonard Bernstein.

But rock ‘n’ roll fans will surely know it best as the place where legendary Beatle John Lennon lived in the final years of his life, before he was tragically shot dead in December 1980 by crazed fan Mark Chapman at the front entrance of the building.

Fans of Lennon and The Beatles still visit the site regularly, as well as congregating at the neighbouring Strawberry Fields, which was set up in his honour just across the street into Central Park West.

Movie buffs may note too that scenes from Roman Polanski’s classic horror Rosemary’s Baby were filmed here as well, adding to its eerie reputation.

Location: 1 West 72nd Street, New York City, New York, United States 10023

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Hotel Chelsea

Built in the 1880s and based in the wealthy Manhattan neighbourhood of Chelsea from which it takes its name, the hotel was a haven for numerous writers, musicians, artists, and actors throughout its existence.

Bob Dylan, Charles Bukowski, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen and Iggy Pop have all resided there at some point. The Beat poet Allen Ginsberg was also known to have stayed there for spells, and reportedly held intellectual debates with others whilst on the premises.

Hotel Chelsea is also associated with avant-garde artist and film director Andy Warhol and his Superstars. Warhol and Paul Morrisey directed Chelsea Girls about his Factory regulars and their lives at the hotel. Residents from the Factory scene included Edie Sedgwick, Holly Woodlawn, Andrea Feldman, Nico and Brigid Berlin.

The hotel has been referenced in song numerous times, including Leonard Cohen’s ‘Chelsea Hotel No. 2′, Nico’s ‘Chelsea Girl’ and Joni Mitchell’s ‘Chelsea Morning’.

Location: 222 West 23rd Street, New York City, New York, United States 10011

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