9. San Francisco, California, USA
San Francisco’s emerged as a prominent home of rock ‘n’ roll began in the 1960s, with it being the epicentre of the counter-culture/hippy movement.
The city- and in particular the famed Haight-Ashbury district- became the spiritual home for many of the significant artists related with the ‘Summer of Love’.
Bands including The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin all resided in this cultural hotspot. Celebrated swamp-rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival also based themselves by the beautiful bay.
But the 1970s emergence of Flipper and the Dead Kennedy’s – with their confrontational punk – proved that San Fran had more to offer than just blissed-out psychedelia and girls with flowers in their hair. The heavy rock of Faith No More further proved this point in the 1980s.
In the 1990s, Mark Kozelek and his Red House Painters created sublime albums of emotionally charged folk-rock, lyrically documenting the city in some of their most memorable songs. The commercially successful Counting Crows also emerged in the ’90s with their Band-influenced roots rock, and Adam Duritz’s pained vocals.
More recently, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Deerhoof and acclaimed death metal group Deafheaven have been a part of the alternative scene of this unique and beautiful city.
Associated acts: Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Sly & The Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Hole, Dead Kennedy’s, Flipper, Counting Crows, Primus, American Music Club, Red House Painters, Blue Cheer, Deerhoof, Sun Kil Moon, Deafheaven
Landmarks: Haight-Ashbury district, Airplane House, Grateful Dead House, Great American Music Hall