By Scott T. Sterling
Earlier this year, it was revealed that London’s iconic Battersea Power Station was set to be demolished to make room for a “mixed use facility” that will include luxury villas.
The news was most disconcerting to Pink Floyd fans, as the Power Station’s chimneys are prominently featured on the band’s 1977 album, Animals (pictured above) making it a rock ‘n’ roll tourist attraction for those fans to visit and photograph when in London (developers have promised to recreate the chimneys to maintain the iconic status).
Music fans are quick to lionize locations immortalized on the album covers of their favorite artists. What was once just another building can quickly become a revered shrine after such a featured appearance (see Solutions Audio-Video Repair in L.A., far more famous for being the site of Elliott Smith‘s Figure 8 album cover and an ad hoc memorial for the late singer).
Here’s a rundown of 10 such locations, ranging from high-end furniture stores to old-school record stores.
Blake Shelton – Bringing Back the Sunshine
Poised to be one of the biggest album releases of 2014 when it hits on Sept. 30, the ninth studio effort by the country superstar comes with a stark black and white image of a water tower found in Ada, Oklahoma, Shelton’s exceedingly tiny hometown with a population of just under 17,000 residents, per the 2012 census. According to an interview with Rolling Stone, the cover image came after much contemplation on how to present his latest collection of songs, which could be interpreted as a return to his roots: “As a country singer, I gotta get back to singing about getting drunk because there’s people out there – and I’ve been one of them – that have had their heart broken, or they’ve had a tough day at work, or they get stabbed in the back.”