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Down Memory Lane to Rock n Roll Star Sites

April 03, 2013

Music has shaped the lives of many a people and am sure it did yours too. So let’s take a magical mystery tour through our favourite rock n roll stars, from Liverpool, the home of the legendary Beatles to the King of Pop Elvis’ Graceland, from Bob Marley’s museum in the Caribbean to Jim Morrison’s grave in Paris. Whether you make your stop at Hotel California, find your way to Woodstock or even a ‘stairway to heaven’, let's hit the road and see what made your favourite musicians rock!

The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever in Liverpool
The Fab Four with their endearing mop of hair that set a trend worldwide in the 60s, the Beatles were the lads from Liverpool that took the world by storm and rose to dizzy heights in the music world. Right from the first hit Love Me Do, their brand of music had a great impact on the pop culture of the time and even till today one finds their music lingers on. Liverpool was where the Beatles grew up and jammed together at the Cavern Club and the The Beatles Story is a museum that holds memorabilia of the foursome. Take the Magical Mystery Bus Tour and go on a path down memory lane to Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields forever. It’s bound to evoke wonderful memories of a band that changed the way people listened to and enjoyed music.

Timings: The Beatles Story Museum is open every day of the week.
Summer timings (1Apr-31Oct): 9:00am – 7:00pm
Winter Timings (1Nov -31Mar): 10:00am – 6:00pm
Ticket Price: Ultimate Experience ticket that includes Elvis and Us exhibition, Discovery Zone and Fab 4D Experience)
Adult: GBP 15.95; Child: GBP 7

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Elvis Presley – It’s Now or Never at Graceland, Memphis
Simply known as ’the King’, Elvis Presley the darling of his audience, lived at Graceland Mansion in Memphis TN and sold over a billion records worldwide – a record yet to be beaten. Versatile as he was, gospel music, country and pop influenced his unique style of singing and adding to that, his exceptionally good looks, his onstage gyrations and his good humour endeared him to millions of fans at home and overseas. Graceland Mansion was his home and his refuge, where he lived and died. Take a tour around his home and get transported back to the days of good ole rock n roll!

Timings: Graceland is open year round.
Summer: 9:00am-5:00pm
Winter: 10:00am-4:00pm
Ticket Prices: There are special packages and deals available the year round.

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Jim Morrison of the Doors – Light my Fire in Paris
The Doors wouldn’t be the Doors without Jim Morrison. He was the iconic face of the band that gave us hits like LA Woman, Riders on the Storm and Light my Fire amongst others. A brilliant lyricist, Jim Morrison was born a rebel and began writing songs while still in his teens. He lived a reckless life, drinking heavily, allegedly doing drugs and frequently going into depression. He moved to Paris in 1971 hoping to get his act cleaned up but succumbed to depression till he broke onto the other side at age 27. Jim Morrison may be long gone, but his music will live on forever. Millions visit his grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Join them and pay homage to one of the legends of rock music.

Timings: Open every day.
Weekdays: 8:00am- 6:00 pm (summer); 8:00am-5:00pm(winter)
Ticket Prices: There are no charges, but it is recommended you buy a cemetery map to find the exact location of the grave easily.

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Bob Marley - Jammin' in Jamaica
Bob Marley is synonymous with reggae and Rastafari. Born to a white father and black mother, his mixed parentage had a profound effect on him and his music. Hits such as I shot the Sheriff, No Woman No Cry, One Love and Buffalo Soldier that sold 20 million records, put him on the music map as the man who changed the face of Jamaican music from ska to reggae. Bob Marley’s music was revolutionary as much as the man with his trademark dreadlocks. In Kingston the Bob Marley Museum deserves a visit to understand his life, music and achievements of this phenomenal musician.

Timings: Mondays – Saturdays 9:30am-4:00pm
Ticket Price: Adult: US$ 20; Child: US$ 10

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Woodstock – Peace and Love
In 1969 all roads led to a 600-acre farm in Bethel, near Woodstock, NY. Half a million people assembled at a three day music concert held in the name of music, peace and love. And what a concert it was. Artistes like Jimi Hendrix, the Who, CSNY, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Grateful Dead and many more played and sang to people who withstood the pounding rain and the crowds. It was the era of the Flower Children and hippies, so of course there was sex and drugs, but there was also a huge amount of love and bonhomie so peaceful. The event will go down as being the most popular music event in history. It was much more than a mere music festival – it was a phenomenon! There is the Museum at Bethel Woods where the exhibits tell the story of the Woodstock Festival. Today, the grounds of Woodstock receive thousands of music lovers who come to pay homage at this site. Come and pay yours too.

Museum Timings: April to December: 10:00am-5:00pm; in the summer they may have extended timings till 7:00pm.
Ticket Prices: Adult US$15; Child: US$6

Kurt Cobain – Finding Nirvana
Kurt Cobain died at an early age of 27 years, much like his predecessors Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. The leader of the Generation X, Kurt Cobain was the face of Nirvana, a grunge band he formed in 1985, but only came into its own with the release of Nevermind in 1991. Born in Aberdeen near Seattle, this legendary musician and his band made history with best selling hit Smells like Teen Spirit. Unfortunately, Nirvana had a very short life span as Kurt Cobain was prone to drug addiction and depression and in 1994 was found dead in his home. Today his hometown Aberdeen, has honoured him and the Kurt Cobain Memorial Park has been dedicated to his memory and contribution to music. A welcome sign to the park proclaims “Come as you are” – a fitting tribute to Kurt Cobain.

Ticket Prices: Entry is free.

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