Beatles, Bob Dylan and Other Album Cover Locations Found in Google Street View
Ever wondered what street Bob Dylan was walking down on the cover of 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'? Or wanted to see the rest of the building the Ramones were loitering in front of on the cover of their self-titled debut?
Thanks to the magic of Google Maps' Street View feature -- and the work of intrepid Internet sleuths -- now you can get a real-life look at both of those album covers, along with Pink Floyd's 'Animals,' Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti,' and more (including, yes, the Beatles' 'Abbey Road').
Whether or not you're old enough to be nostalgic for the glory days of album artwork, when vinyl was king and a diehard fan could spend hours poring over liner notes, there's nothing like a great album cover -- and even though the digital era has all but eradicated that experience for a generation of consumers, there's no denying that artwork is still an integral component of the listening experience. (Witness the "cover previews" leaked by major pop stars like Rihanna).
So who knows where album artwork is headed? These days, the concept of the "digital booklet" is still in its infancy, and most artists don't bother with multimedia packages like the iTunes LP format (Peter Gabriel's 'New Blood' being a noteworthy recent exception to the rule). That said, when you think of your favorite albums, don't you see a mental image of their covers while you're remembering the music? If so, this gallery of Street View screen captures depicting the locations of several classic album covers is proof that you're far from alone.
Take a look at the full image lineup, and then hit the comments to let us know which real-life album cover locations you'd like to track down!