Cities become iconic not only for their history and traditions, but also for the ability to inspire writers and musicians. It's difficult not to associate The Beatles with Liverpool or Nirvana with Seattle and many other bands that put cities on the map by turning them into their muses. In the 1920s, The Cotton Club became one of the most famous places in New York, with jazz artists and composers such as Duke Ellington, Count Bassie, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday performing there. New York saw The Ramones, Misfits, Television, Blondies and The Talking Heads sharing the same stage at CBGB, the music club and starting point for most punk and new wave bands in the 70s and 80s. Also in NY, the Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village launched many aspiring young musicians that would later become influential songwriters like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen.
Stax Records, the famous funk and soul record label from Memphis, will be forever known for names like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Isaac Hayes. In Detroit, legendary Motown label produced timeless hits from The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Four Tops and Michael Jackson. A key-element in the history of blues, Chess Records showcased Chicago's best musicians, from Bo Diddley to Muddy Waters. The 90s saw the birth and rise of grunge music with bands like Nirvana, hailing from Seattle. With a car rental in the US you can easily travel to these iconic places and explore the city at your own pace!
In the UK, Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club launched one of the most iconic bands, The Beatles, who made more than 200 appearences at the club. The band would also turn Abbey Road into one of the most famous names in music. Not only it was one of their most sold albums, Abbey Road was also the location for EMI Studios, where the band recorded most of their work from 1962 to 1970. Camden, know for being one of London's busiest markets, is still the perfect place to find upcoming bands in one of the district's many venues. Its links with rock dates back to the 60s, but it was in the mid-70s that Camden saw bands like The Sex Pistols and The Clash playing their first shows.