"Guitar Center" is a large music store, situated on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood. It's a fine place to buy a guitar, but what makes this particular store special is what lies just outside its front door: The Hollywood RockWalk ®.
a small version of courtyard at Grauman's
Chinese Theatre, this little patio contains the handprints of numerous
celebrities. But these celebrities aren't movie stars - they're rock musicians
and guitar greats.
The cement squares of the RockWalk contain only the star's handprints; unlike those at Grauman's Chinese, there are no footprints. And while some of the squares contain actual autographs (Little Richard, Dick Clark, George Martin...), most contain just a tiny bronze plaque which contains the name and facsimile signature of each artist.
On the east wall above the RockWalk are a number of large bronze plaques, containing the likenesses of such musical celebrities as Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Marvin Gaye, Keith Moon, John Bonham, Rick Nelson, Buddy Rich, and Gene Krupa. A legend reads:
"The RockWalk: to those whose music continues to echo through the decades..."
And there are indeed some big
names who have left their handprints here : Chuck
Berry, Little Richard,
Jerry Lee Lewis,
Eddie & Alex Van Halen,
The Moody Blues,
the Doobie Brothers,
Emerson Lake & Palmer,
Jan & Dean,
blues master B.B. King,
singer/songwriter Carol King,
(host of "American Bandstand"), Leo
Fender (inventor of the Fender guitar)
and one of the early guitar masters, Les
Getting there: Guitar Center is located on the north side of Sunset Boulevard, just west of Vista St. (between La Brea & Fairfax). / From Hollywood & Vine, go two blocks south on Vine Street to Sunset Boulevard. Turn right (west) on Sunset, and go a mile and a half west to Guitar Center, at Vista Street. It will be on your right (north) side. Look for the awning that says "RockWalk."
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