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Robbie Parry
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What cities are strongly associated with music? Thinking from a US perspective (here in the UK, I guess we'd put Manchester and Liverpool at the top of the list).

So, for obvious reasons, these are US cities one can associate with music:

Atlanta
Detroit
Nashville
Memphis
New Orleans
New York 
Chicago
Seattle

Obviously, there are other cities one could name, but my logic is, well, Detroit and Motown, Atlanta and hip-hop, Nashville and country music, etc, etc. So whilst other cities no doubt have musical talents, the cities above are strongly identified with music within the context of, say, a musical trivia game that mentioned cities.

Have I missed any? Probably.

Feel free to comment on those cities and their musical roots, be as random as you like.
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You hit most of them Robbie.

I identify San Francisco with the late sixties early seventies "counterculture" music.
Haight Ashbury, Monterey Pop scenes.
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I'd argue for Miami (Latin) and Philadelphia (Soul).
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Muscle Shoals, Alabama - the Muscle Shoals sound in several genres
Athens, Georgia - alternative rock and new wave
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Birmingham, England...Moody Blues, Black Sabbath, Duran
Duran, The Move, ELO, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, UB40,
Magnum, Ocean Colour Scene, Wizzard!

The Moody Blues were initially sponsored by Mitchell and
Butler`s Brewery, hence the M&B in their name!
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Minneapolis, for Prince and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
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Los Angeles needs to be included, particularly for the 80s rock and metal scene and for West Coast Hip-Hop. 
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Bill, I can't say I've heard of Birmingham, England. Not sure I even know where it is. ;-)
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I agree Michael, L.A. was the place to be if you were a , what was later called, "Hair Metal" or "Glam Metal" band.
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Robbie, I would have included Slade, but they're really
Wolverhampton!
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L.A. would absolutely have to be on the list. The Troubadour, the Capitol Records building, Sound City studios. A lot of exponents of the West Coast music scene lived in Laurel Canyon....The Eagles, The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young.

Close by, there's also Bakersfield, which had its own influential style of music, with the likes of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.

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Thanks for the replies, guys.

What about outside the US/UK? Global cities?
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Kingston, for the Reggae genre.
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Stockholm?
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[London would probably be top of the list. The Stones, Bowie, the Kinks, Queen, the Clash. the Sex Pistols, Wham, Spandau Ballet, Elton John, The Quo, to name just a few of the almost endless list of bands that have sprung from the Big Smoke. Then there's Abbey Road, Denmark Street, the Marquee Club, the London Astoria, the original Hard Rock Café...]*

Berlin. David Bowie recorded his so-called Berlin trilogy there. Some of the most revered classical recordings ever were made with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Herbert Karajan. Sir Simon Rattle carries on the good work to this day with the Berlin Philharmoniker.

Vienna had an incredible spell involving successive giants of classical musical: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and then Schubert.

Bayreuth is synonymous with the music of Wagner.

Milan houses La Scala, one of the most pre-eminent venues for opera, staging the first productions of Verdi's Otello, Bellini's Norma, Puccini's Turandot and Madam Butterfly, among many others.

*Oops, missed that Robbie said outside the UK.


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Funny thing about Nashville: It may be the capital of country music, but it doesn't even have the best country station in the state. WIVK, which is here in Knoxville, has won the award for best country station in the U.S. at multiple award shows a lot.


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Washington DC and the Go-Go scene. 

It may not get the pub outside the DMV, but it's been going on since the 70s.

Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go was a master of keeping it alive. He's been gone almost 6 years now. Maybe one day he'll get the recognition that he truly deserves.


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Almost any place in the U.S. and Canada had a local scene from at least the middle '60s on, with local groups, venues, and maybe a local vinyl record label. The middle '60s was the garage band era.

In Europe there was a skiffle book in the late '50s that i think of being the start of do-it-yourself and local scenes that before long would incorporate rock n' roll, r&b, instrumental and with vocal. Not as likely to have garages, you might instead say there was a cellar era?

Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Belfast, Detroit, Memphis, Chicago, Boston, Sydney, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Austin, Vancouver.


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