This guide was compiled from my own research, reading a great variety of articles and information about the rock scene in Los Angeles. Originally it was a half-day guided tour that I did for visitors and friends. However, I had requests to create a self-guided tour so that visitors to Los Angeles could do the tour on their own. It contains roughly 90 rock or music related sites, mostly in the Hollywood area. It is not the definitive guide, nor did I plan it to be, but it is a good representation of the major places a fan might want to see. Much of what's on the list are studios, and places where bands played, as well as some of the homes where they lived.
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The beauty of this guide is that you can do bits and pieces of it, and spread it out over several days, or you can try to squeeze everything in during a day. It can be done, but it will be more fun if you can linger a bit, and dream about what it must have been like to live here during the height of the scene, whether that scene was the 60s, 70s or 80s. Or, you can concentrate on just what interests you.
This is an alphabetical list. In West Hollywood, you can do some walking, but most of the tour will require a car. Keep in mind, Los Angeles didn't get its reputation for bad traffic from nowhere, so allow plenty of time to get where you want to go, relax, and have fun!
It is important to note that Los Angeles changes constantly. Some of the buildings that were visible at the time of this publication may not be available in a week, or a month, things change. Also, some of the venues are no longer, so you will have to use a bit of imagination.
I have tried to jot down some of my personal advice or recollections on some of the sites, and I know you'll have your own.
Don't forget to bring your camera too, definitely blast some rock on your phone or music player, and most importantly, HAVE A BLAST!