2. London, England
London is without doubt one of the most significant cities in rock music history. And England’s capital continues to be a major player today.
A good number of the so-called ‘British Invasion’ bands that so enchanted America and the world hailed from the English capital; The Who, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones most prominent among them.
London was undoubtedly at the centre of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ era, with Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles both moving there to record and live in the city.
Punk also caught fire in the English capital- the two most famous bands exporting this aggressive, back-to-basics style being the nihilistic Sex Pistols and the more idealistic leftists The Clash, who were led by the charismatic Johnny Rotten and Joe Strummer respectively.
Furthermore, the Britpop era of the 1990s was heavily centered around the Camden scene; with bands such as Blur, Elastica and Suede gatecrashing the charts and bringing British pride back into fashion.
In recent years Savages and The xx have done their best to ensure the city’s indie credibility remains high.
London boasts many significant sites in rock music history, from storied venues like the 100 Club to former rockstar homes like No 34. Montagu Square and the famous Abbey Road crossing, meaning the city is a must visit destination for rock pilgrims.
Associated acts: The Clash, David Bowie, The Who, Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds, Cream, The Kinks, Wire, Siouxsie And The Banshees, The Damned, The Police, Blur, Roxy Music, The Cure, The Damned, Iron Maiden, Suede, Public Image Ltd., The House Of Love, Coldplay
Landmarks: 100 Club, Abbey Road studios and ‘Beatles’ crossing, No. 34 Montagu Square, Denmark Street