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The Vintage Guide To London | December 18, 2017

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Six famous London album covers

Six famous London album covers

With its rich music scene, it’s hardly a surprise that London is the star of many an album cover and the location of plenty of famous music photo shoots. The experts at London Pass have picked six famous London album covers.

Abbey Road
Most of the Beatles records were made at EMI Studios in St John’s Wood in North London. The band named their last recorded album after the road where the studios were situated: Abbey Road. The photograph on the album front cover was taken on the zebra crossing right by the studios.

Ziggy Stardust
Another one of the most imitated album covers is David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust which was photographed outside 23 Heddon Street, near Regent Street. Here visitors come to stand by the phone booth where David Bowie once stood.

The Clash
The photograph on the cover The Clash’s eponymous first album was taken on the steps right outside the Stables Market in Camden Town. This is where they had their rehearsal rooms.

Pink Floyd’s album cover for Animals shows Battersea Power Station with a large inflatable pig tied to its recognisable chimneys. During the photo shoot the pig came loose and drifted skywards. It caused a lot of confusion amongst pilots flying in and out of Heathrow airport!

Subterranean Homesick Blues
Bob Dylan shot the video for this song at the back of the Savoy Hotel where he was staying during his 1965 UK tour.

Two Virgins
34 Montagu Square in Marylebone has an exciting rock and roll history. Ringo Starr and his new wife Maureen moved into this apartment in 1965. Later, Paul McCartney recorded demos of Eleanor Rigby with a portable recording studio. Jimi Hendrix lived at this address with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham and manager Chas Chandler. The trio were replaced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and the flat became the location of their famous naked photo that graced the cover of their Two Virgins album.