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Take five: The houses that rock built

Five sites that have gained notoriety thanks to their association with rock stars.

Jim Morrison. AP Photo
Jim Morrison. AP Photo

Plans to demolish the house where Ringo Starr was born could be put on hold after the UK housing minister Grant Schapps intervened on behalf of Beatles fans who want to save this piece of music history. We look at a few other sites that have gained notoriety thanks to their association with rock stars.


Take five...Michael Jackson

"The King of Pop Hometown Tour" was set up by two American women after Jackson's death in June 2009. Tourists are taken to family landmarks in Indiana, ending up at the small house where the Jackson family lived with their nine children.

Take four...Jimi Hendrix

When Jimi Hendrix died in 1970, his father requested that his body be flown back to Seattle so he could be buried in Greenwood Memorial Park. A simple headstone marks the place where he was finally laid to rest - it continues to be visited by fans, particularly around his birthday.

Take three...Freddie Mercury

The Freddie Mercury statue stands three metres tall facing out towards Lake Geneva and was commissioned by the remaining members of Queen, friends and family. London's Dominion Theatre (home of We Will Rock You) also displays a similar sculpture.

Take two...Jim Morrison

A number of famous names are buried at the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, but it is Jim Morrison's grave that has become a shrine to the rock star - fans have covered it in flowers, graffiti and candles and congregate there to play music.

Take one...Elvis Presley

Billed as the ultimate rock 'n' roll experience on the official Elvis Presley website, each year thousands flock to his Graceland mansion in Tennessee. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, it is thought to be the second most visited private home in America, after the White House.