From The Streets to Pink Floyd, as part of an ongoing series, a team of ‘Streetview Specialists’ over at The Guardian have brought to us the cities of the world through the focal point of various classic album covers. Check them out below.
Original Pirate Material by the Streets. Mike Skinner’s 2002 debut features the inglorious Kestrel House in Islington, London, taken from a picture by Rut Blees Luxemburg called Towering Inferno.
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis. This 1995 Britpop classic was shot on Berwick Street in London’s Soho, what was then an, um, oasis of record shops. Sister Ray, seen on the left, is still going strong today along with Sounds Of The Universe & Reckless Records.
Animals by Pink Floyd. Battersea Power Station in Wandsworth, London’s most famous industrial building. It has fewer flying pigs now than it did in 1977, but is otherwise pretty much the same – though that is to change with massive regeneration plans in the pipeline.
The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem. The rapper sits in front of his childhood home on Dresden street, north Detroit, just down the road from 8-Mile – the street he made famous in film – in 2000. The house was demolished last year after damage from a fire.
Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin. The East Village residential blocks on St Mark’s Place, New York, remain virtually identical to how they looked in the 1970s, with the exception of some more physical graffiti.
Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys. A clothing store in 1989 at what is now the more gentrified corner of Ludlow and Rivington on New York’s Lower East Side.
Previous editions to the series include classic paintings of London, and paintings of world cities. For more imagery and information visit The Guardian.