Rock Music History
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Stax Museum of American Soul, The Original Location Of "Stax Records"
Located at the original site of the legendary Stax Records in the heart of Soulsville USA in Memphis. This 17,000-square-foot facility with more than 2,000 cultural artifacts, music exhibits, video footage, and items of memorabilia is designed to preserve and promote the legacy of American soul music, particularly that of Stax Records.
If you played Los Angeles, you played at The Roxy. Van Morrison played here in 1978 and a memorable bootleg album was made of the performance, Sam Phillips played here in 1994. Better Than Ezra played a concert here in 1997, In the early '80's the great comedy troop Firesign Theater played a few nights here. The small On The Rox bar above the club has hosted a wide variety of debauchery in its history ; it was a regular hangout for John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and Alice Cooper.
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Originally meant to serve record execs across the street in the 9000 Sunset building, The Rainbow Bar & Grill turned into a rockers hang out when Led Zeppelin gave its blessing to this place by making it one of their favorite L. A. hangouts in the early seventies. Keith Moon made the bar his home away from home in the mid seventies and all of his friends, including Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, John Lennon and all of their friends did the same.
The Aquarius Theatre opened in 1938, by the time the 60's rolled around it had already gone through several name changes, always playing the current musical style. For a while it was known as "The Hullabaloo" and then "The Kaleidoscope" before becoming "The Aquarius". The Doors played here on July 21, 1969 and it was also the Los Angeles venue for the long running musical "Hair" in the late 60's.
The Uncarved Block may look like just another jewelry/gallery/rock shop, but the location also hosts one of the greater collections of Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia memorabilia in the country. Not only will you find tickets from past shows, posters and other Dead stuff, the store also has Jerry Garcia's old Sub Zero refrigerator from the re-modeling of his home after his death. The fridge was bought from the contractor by the owners of the store.
The William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre opened in Berkeley in September 1903. Sarah Bernhardt performed here in 1906 in a production of Jean Racine's "Phaedre" as a benefit for victims of the San Francisco earthquake and fire. Many great acts have played here over the years including The Grateful Dead, Sarah McLachlan, Oingo Boingo, Depeche Mode, Bob Dylan, Siouxie and the Banshees, Tracy Chapman and so many more.
Past concerts at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater include: Acoustic Alchemy Ali Akbar Tori Amos Joan Baez Luka Bloom Tracy Chapman David Crosby Celine Dion The Drifters Maynard Ferguson Lisa Gerrard Procol Harum Hiroshima Journey Ricki Lee Jones Modern Jazz Quartet Van Morrison Michael Nesmith Tito Puente Dianne Reeves Riders in the Sky Sonny Rollins Todd Rundgren Tandy Beal & Bobby McFerrin
The Berkely Community Theater is on the campus of Berkeley High School. The theater has 3,500 seats, including a balcony section. The theater has held performances from such great acts as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The Clash, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Elvis Costello. In 1999 Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra played selections from their catalog. Pictures of the concert where used on their S album cover.
The Troubadour was born as a coffeehouse in the fifties and boomed with folk music in the early sixties. Through the late sixties and into the seventies, the "Troub" was where everybody who was anybody played. The Troubadour played an important role in the careers of Neil Diamond and other performers, who played engagements there establishing their fame. On August 25, 1970, Diamond introduced Elton John, who performed his first show in the United States at the Troubadour.
In the 60's, when large venue owners weren't sure that " hippie" music would make them any money, the Hollywood Palladium was the largest hall in Los Angeles that allowed bands like The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, The Who and others to play. Also, the Blues Brothers concert sequences were filmed here. Even stranger, the owner throughout the the 60's and 70's was none other than that rocker, Lawrence Welk.