San Francisco in late-afternoon May can be very cold. The locals chuckle, because tourists expect California to be warm in May/June. And because we’re cold, all tourists must buy sweatshirts at the hotel gift shop that have “San Francisco” printed on them. I know I have. There are often thousands of us walking around with basically the same sweatshirt. The locals know who we are.
We had a nice breakfast down on Elizabeth Street this morning with friends, and then all decided to walk over and see a NYC Rock History landmark. Two different pieces of rock history happened here at 96 and 98 St. Marks Place.
FIRST, in 1975 these two buildings became the album cover for Led Zepplin’s Physical Graffiti album. Here is how they look today to my camera:
Here is the album cover from 1975. To make the photo square for an album cover the artist removed an entire floor.
My picture from today shows that the building actually has 5 floors:
The SECOND event from Rock History that took place here: The Rolling Stones used the steps of 96 St. Marks for their “Waiting On a Friend” video. That’s Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh (front left) on the steps.
Here are those same steps today:
The song has been a favorite since I saw the video debut on Saturday Night Live. Again, the same location at St. Marks Place. Here’s the video (directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg who also made the Beatles “Let It Be” movie):
By the way, breakfast with friends this morning was at “Lovely Day” on Elizabeth Street in Nolita. Great strawberry & banana pancakes. Mimosas and Stumptown coffee. Good service, too. I haven’t blogged in a week because the Boston Bombings really effected us. Dawn and I worked the Finish Line at the Marathon for our Boston radio station for a lot of years. Today was a nice step back into the light.
UPDATE- More reading: Candid photos taken during the making of “Waiting on a Friend” at this link: http://www.iorr.org/talk/read.php?1,598709,598709
Closed since 1967. An abandoned railway station on the Hudson River in New Jersey. The tracks, completely overgrown with trees and brush. It’s a little surreal being there. Reminders of a scene from Logan’s Run or Planet of the Apes after humanity is gone. If something happened to us all, it would only be a few short years before everything was overgrown like this. Someone is paying for electricity to light the track signs.