Floyd, Queen and Jagger: Hunting down the locations of rock legends photographed in London

Each of the world’s major cities have an amazing musical history, but London’s is especially rich. From the reggae/dub-centric Notting Hill Carnival to the rock Mecca of Abbey Road Studios, there are just so many critical cultural moments locked into the pavement of England’s capital.

Music History, the Twitter branch of tour company Rock Walk London, has spent some time digging into this history. A recent project involves them sourcing old photos of legends like The Beatles, Queen or Pink Floyd and pinning them against their modern locales.

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Photos: Music History/@RockWalkLondon

From Pink Floyd to the Rolling Stones, most of rock music’s canonical acts have lived, performed or recorded in London.

What stands out to me is how little London has changed – given the emphasis they place on their heritage it’s no surprise.

Check below for the photos, and be sure to give Music History a follow if you want to see more.

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Richard Wright of Pink Floyd on the steps at Abbey Road Studios. Either 1972, for Dark Side Of The Moon, or 1975, for Wish You Were Here.

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Queen at 143 Wardour Street, Soho, London (1974), directly opposite Trident Studios, during a break from recording.

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Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton on Great Titchfield St., London (28 Aug 1966), after an incident in his blue Aston Martin.

Via Dangerous Minds.