Athens Music History Walking Tour Introduces Rich Music Scene

The Music History Walking Tour is one way to experience decades of music in a two hour self-guided tour around the city.

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On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 05:45
Athens GA

Athens, GA has been called “Live Music Central,” and the Music History Walking Tour is one way to experience decades of music in a two-hour self-guided tour around the city.

The tour, developed by the Athens Welcome Center and local music magazine Flagpole, gets under the surface of Athens' rich musical past and introduces the current music scene to visitors and residents.

Stops along the tour include spots where famous musicians and bands practiced and performed in Athens before they made it to the big time. The B-52s, The Replacements and Iggy Pop are a few of the names Athens boasts along the tour.

At one stop, the 1016 East Broad Street, tourists can visit Weaver D’s Fine Foods, where owner Dexter Weaver’s slogan,“Automatic for the People,” became the title of R.E.M.'s 1992 album.

A few of the original clubs and performance venues are no longer there, but visitors can still stop by where they used to be and soak up the spirit of rock legends.

Another tour stop, 112 Foundry Street, is the current home base for Flagpole Magazine where guests can see where the editors publish all the latest music and entertainment news in Athens.