Skip to content

August 24, 2016

New York is one of the few cities in the world to rival London for the diversity and depth of its musical heritage. Around every New York corner are famous, and more hidden, histories.

Following our London Legacy Map, we’re proud to present a look at New York City, from Harlem and the Bronx, through Manhattan, Brooklyn, and down to Coney Island, as we take original, iconic shots of our favourite musicians (be they album covers, photoshoots or video stills) and superimpose them on the modern day scene. Navigate the map below and learn more about the history of the shots, and see the larger photos below.

Head on over to Popspots NYC for more brilliant images! Happy further exploring!

 

 

Patti Smith

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe at Coney Island in 1969

Janis - Chelsea Hotel

Janis Joplin stands outside the Chelsea Hotel in March, 1969

Bob Dylan - Freewheelin

Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo walk down Jones St in ’63 on the cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Miles Bohemia

Miles Davis outside the old Cafe Bohemia, the jazz mecca which opened in 1955 (via Popspots)

Elvis Warwick

March 17, 1956. The Warwick. Elvis, on the cusp of superstardom, is walking into his hotel alone.

Debbie Harry Coney Island 77

Debbie Harry relaxes on Coney Island in 1977 (via Popspots)

Miles

Miles Davis outside the CBS Studio Building, with producer Teo Macero, in 1971

Sonny Rollins 56 POPSPOTS Wburg Bridge

Sonny Rollins on the Williamsburg Bridge for “Saxophone Colossus” (Prestige Records ’56)
(via Popspots)

Harry Nilsson in Central Park southern edge of The Pond southeast corner

Harry Nilsson walks around The Pond in Central Park in 1969 (via Popspots)

Bowie Carlyle 82-3 POPSPOT

David Bowie outside the Carlyle Hotel, 1982 (via Popspots)

PJ H

PJ Harvey in Times Square for her 2000 album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (via The Guardian)

MJ

Michael Jackson in the video for “Bad” inside Hoyt-Schermerhorn station.

Suicide

Suicide, photographed by Roberta Bayley in 1976. (via Popspots)

CLEM BURKE AND DEBBIE HARRY 76 POPSPOTS bit ly 2aJs0V4

Debbie Harry, Clem Burke, as photographed by Chris Stein, 1976 (via Popspots)

NYD

New Yorks Dolls pose for the backcover of their debut LP

JohnCol

John Coltrane and his band in front of the Village Vanguard, May ’66

Stummer SMARKSPLACE

Joe Strummer on St Marks Place, March 1980

pauls-boutiqe-visual

99 Rivington St, the cover of “Paul’s Boutique” by the Beastie Boys (via TrueToo)

The cover of Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush”, 1970 (via Popspots)

Bruce_10th_Avenue

Bruce Springsteen on 10th Avenue, August, 1979 (via Popspots)

cbgbs

The Ramones, outside the legendary CBGBs

‘Combat Rock/The People’s Hall’ special edition album

‘Combat Rock/The People’s Hall’ special edition album

Video of the Week: Elvis Presley’s ‘My Way’ (Aloha from Hawaii concert, Live in Honolulu)

Video of the Week: Elvis Presley’s ‘My Way’ (Aloha from Hawaii concert, Live in Honolulu)

This Week on the Official UK Chart: 11 October

This Week on the Official UK Chart: 11 October

Take a look back over the years to see which songs were in the Top 10 on the Official UK Chart this week…

Read more
This Week on the Official UK Chart: 4 October

This Week on the Official UK Chart: 4 October

Take a look back over the years to see which songs were in the Top 10 on the Official UK Chart this week…

Read more

London Calling

The Clash

This Week on the UK Official Charts: 12 July

This Week on the UK Official Charts: 12 July

Take a look back over the years to see which songs were in the Top 10 on the Official UK Chart this week…

Read more
This Week on the UK Official Charts: 5 July

This Week on the UK Official Charts: 5 July

Take a look back over the years to see which songs were in the Top 10 on the Official UK Chart this week…

Read more
This Week on the UK Official Charts: 28 June

This Week on the UK Official Charts: 28 June

Take a look back over the years to see which songs were in the Top 10 on the Official UK Chart this week…

Read more