The Best Rock Star Murals In The World
Morley’s Department Store, Brixton. Painted in 2013 by Jimmy C, drawn away from his usual patch of East London by his research into Bowie’s roots, this Brixton mural became a focus of mourning and celebration of Bowie’s life in the wake of his death in January, despite picturing Ziggy caught in the middle of some sort of anarchic table tennis contest.
The best street King we have is crammed between Marilyn and John Wayne on the back wall of the Hollywood Wax Museum in Tennessee, also home to the Great Ape Of Pigeon Forge which, we believe, might well be the town’s only homo sapiens.
Seattle. Rising 18-feet above the store where Hendrix bought his first guitar, Dan and Mae Hitchcock’s eye-catching Hendrix with eyes for hair captured the late guitar legend’s psychedelic aura perfectly, until new owners whitewashed over it in 2000.
Liverpool. The first piece of work of The Liverpool Mural Project, begun in 2008, Lennon’s iconic ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ album sleeve stance was recreated in an arch by one of the city’s busiest roundabouts, alongside the ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ mop-tops of all four Beatles. Stay classy, Litherland.
The Alley, Chicago. For decades, street artists have chosen to represent Kurt’s internal agony by making him look a bit wonky. Take this grizzled portrait adorning an alleyway in Chicago, over which the authorities have placed a parking warning to reflect Cobain’s sense of being clamped by drugs and fame and towed away to the existential metal compactor of commerciality.
Graff Lab HQ, Los Angeles To commemorate what would have been Michael Jackson’s 52nd birthday in August 2010, artist Rudy ‘Rude’ Martinez splashed an image from his This Is It press conference across the side of the Graff Lab headquarters in Downtown LA, swathed in Prince-esque purple.
The Brockley Barge, London. In the spiritual home of the Jamaican reggae legend - Brockley, South London - a picture of Bob that adorned the MOT Centre for 40 years was destroyed by housing developers. But the locals raised £5k for a stunning new Marley by Dale Grimshaw on the side of a Wetherspoons.