By Jim Cutler
The Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones Building – St. Marks Place, NYC
Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti Album Cover – Location
In 1975 these two buildings became the album cover for Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. 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:
Rolling Stones – Waiting on a Friend Video Location
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.