You might want to lounge on the beach, or go shopping or eating. I just want to visit celebrity graves and miscellaneous death sites. Fortunately my wife is a good sport about it, but when I recently had the opportunity to take a solo road trip around England (where the beaches, the shopping and the food are lousy anyway), I went into unabashed overdrive.
Here are some of my haunts, mostly in the rock ‘n’ roll genre since that is what England always does best.
Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren—Highgate Cemetery, London
Amy Winehouse—Edgwarebury Cemetery, Edgware
Who drummer Keith Moon + glam rocker Marc Bolan—Golders Green Crematorium
Keith Moon—Golders Green
Marc Bolan—Golders Green
Amy Winehouse death house—30 Camden Square
Former Who co-manager Kit Lambert—Brompton Cemetery. (Horrible addition to an existing stone. Give him his own one.)
Kit Lambert, with family
Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees—St. Mary’s Church, Thame
Robin Gibb, reverse
Andy Gibb—St. Mary’s Church, Thame. “Goodnight, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”
Motown singer Edwin Starr—Wilford Hall (Southern) Cemetery, Nottingham
Mick Ronson, David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars guitarist, (and 2 snails)—Eastern Cemetery, Hull.
Former Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe—Huyton Parish Church (St. Michael), Merseyside.
Stuart Sutcliffe memorial bench—Huyton Parish Church (St. Michael), Merseyside.
Former Beatles manager Brian Epstein—Everton Cemetery, Liverpool
Singer/TV personality Cilla Black—Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool
Eleanor Rigby—St. Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool
Julia Lennon, John’s mother—Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool
Ian Curtis of Joy Division, hanged himself behind this door—77 Barton Street, Macclesfield
Ian Curtis—Macclesfield Cemetery
Former Rolling Stone Brian Jones—Cheltenham
Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham—St. Michael and All Angels Church, Rushock
John Bonham’s new neighborhood (beautiful place)
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury death house—Kensington
Jimi Hendrix death house—22 Lansdowne Crescent
English WW1 nurse Edith Cavell, executed by Germans—Norwich Cathedral.
Baroness Margaret & Sir Denis Thatcher—Royal Hospital, Chelsea
Sir Winston Churchill—St. Martin’s Church, Bladon.
Sir Edward Heath—Salisbury Cathedral
Benjamin Disraeli—St. Michael & All Angels Church, Hughenden
UK journalist Farzad Bazoft, executed by Saddam Hussein regime—Highgate Cemetery (Sadly omitted from VIP names listed on the Highgate guide)
Author Douglas Adams—Highgate Cemetery
Author George Orwell—Church of All Saints, Sutton Courtenay
Cricket maven John Wisden—Brompton Cemetery
Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst—Brompton Cemetery (Was the most popular grave in Brompton, now supplanted by the grave of a Russian Orthodox bigwig, and in need of some TLC.)
Great Train Robbery mastermind Bruce Reynolds—Highgate Cemetery (Yes, Karl Marx is also buried there but he helped ruin more lives than Hitler, with more to come if Corbyn ever becomes PM, so isn’t pictured.)
Former site of the Dr. Crippen murder house, 39 Hilldrop Crescent
LEST WE FORGET
You—Brompton Cemetery. Picture yourself here, because you will eventually be completely forgotten
NOTE: Completely unrelated to the above story, but written in the same tone, my gossipy rock bio Strange Days: The Adventures of a Grumpy Rock ‘n’ Roll Journalist in Los Angeles is available here. For more info, go to strangedaysbook.com