Some of the greatest musicians and rock stars that have ever lived are sadly no longer with us. Although their music will live on forever, they themselves have since become muses for artists – painters, sculptors and photographers alike – who have immortalized these stars in their own personalized and innovative creations.
If you’re planning a trip this summer and happen to visit any of the following destinations, why not check out one of these artistic tributes around the world, dedicated to musical icons?
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Amy Winehouse – London, England, UK
A bronze sculpture of Amy Winehouse made by sculptor Scott Eaton was unveiled in 2014, three years after her death, in the singer’s favorite part of north London: her hometown of Camden. Winehouse was a regular in local pubs the Good Mixer and the Hawley Arms, often being photographed leaving them with the likes of comedian Russell Brand and musician Pete Doherty of the Libertines. Now, in the heart of the Stables Market, Winehouse and her signature beehive stand proud, a constant reminder of her devotion to the community.
Bon Scott, AC/DC – Fremantle, Perth, Australia and Angus, Scotland, UK
A bronze statue of original AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott was erected in his adopted hometown of Fremantle, Australia, in 2008. Not to be outdone by the Aussies, almost £50,000 were raised in 2015 through crowdfunding to erect a rival statue of him in his birthplace of Angus, Scotland, complete with bagpipes—a cheekily blunt reminder of his Scottish heritage.
David Bowie – London, England, UK
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Australian artist Jimmy C painted a mural inspired by David Bowie 2013 after gaining approval from a Morleys department store, which the then-bare outside wall belonged to, in Brixton, south London. This was where David Jones grew up and transformed himself into the larger-than-life triple-threat maverick David Bowie. It was also the obvious point of congregation for a fan-led, heavily-attended candlelit vigil when the Starman died at the beginning of last year, and has since become permanent a shrine to the legend.
Freddie Mercury – Montreux, Switzerland
In 1979, Queen bought Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland, on the placid shores of Lake Geneva. It’s where the band recorded some of their most popular songs and also where vocalist Freddie Mercury came for some much needed peace and quiet. “For him, the studio was like an oasis,” said guitarist Brian May. In 1996—five years after his death—a mighty 10-foot bronze statue of Mercury was placed at the waterfront to highlight the significance of his time there.
Janis Joplin – Port Arthur, Texas, USA
“God, is that exciting, man! Nobody, nobody ever, anybody ever thought it would be that good! I didn’t. Nobody else did… London was the best… They f***in’ got up and grooved, and then they listened. That was dynamite. You know, you can tell when they’re really being selfish and they just wanna dance, but they worked, man, and when I’d do a soft song everybody’d shut up! That’s too much, man. That’s really too f***in’ much.” (Janis Joplin on playing at Royal Albert Hall, April 29th, 1969) – Stopped by the Gulf Coast museum. Port Arthur sucks. I see why Janis left PA for Austin. (Who wouldn’t..??) Here is a replica of her psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356 and a statue that looks nothing like her!
Janis Joplin is perhaps the most famous female rock ’n’ roll singer that has ever lived. Although she left her heart in the bohemian neighborhoods of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, she was most definitely a rowdy Texan woman through and through. The Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas, features a permanent Janis Joplin exhibition, which includes a bronze, five-headed sculpture of the vocalist, created by sculptor Douglas Clark.
Jimi Hendrix – Seattle, Washington, USA
Throughout Seattle, there are many tributes to arguably the greatest guitarist of all time: Jimi Hendrix. But the bronze statue commissioned by real-estate developer Mike Malone, founder of AEI Music Network, and created by sculptor Daryl Smith, exhibits Hendrix at his most memorable: the Voodoo Child sunken onto his knees, legs akimbo, holding his beloved guitar up, with a gloriously impassioned look on his face.
John Lennon – Liverpool, England, UK
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Mathew Street in Liverpool is home to the world-renowned Cavern Club, where the Beatles played in their formative years. It’s also where a sculpture of a young John Lennon with the trademark “Beatles bowl haircut” slouches against a wall-of-fame backdrop naming 1,801 musicians and bands that played at the original Cavern Club before it moved down the street. The statue was made by local sculptor Arthur Dooley and is based on the photograph of Lennon that was used as the cover artwork for his sixth solo studio album, Rock ’N’ Roll.