It Happened Right Here : America’s Pop Culture Landmarks

It Happened Right Here : America’s Pop Culture Landmarks
Chris Epting
August 2023
Dozens of black-and-white photos
Pop Culture / Travel
6 x 9

Author Chris Epting established a new genre in book publishing when a trio of titles in the early 2000s—James Dean Died Here: The Locations of America’s Pop Culture LandmarksElvis Presley Passed Here, and Marilyn Monroe Dyed Here—were released to critical acclaim and introduced readers to a groundbreaking travel concept: The pop culture road trip. Epting promptly followed these hugely popular and influential titles with two more legendary books: Led Zeppelin Crashed Here and Roadside Baseball.

Booksense 76 pick at the time, James Dean Died Here was covered by such major news outlets as NPR’s "All Things Considered," USA TodayLos Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly. Everyone from Ken Burns to The Sporting News to the New York Post expressed their love for Roadside Baseball, while Led Zeppelin Crashed Here was recommended for all public libraries by Library Journal and outlets from the Associated Press to Newsday encouraged any fan of rock and roll history to buy the book.

Now, in honor of the 20th anniversary of James Dean Died Here, Epting has produced It Happened Right Here: America’s Pop Culture Landmarks, which collects the best of the best from all of Epting’s prior books, and then adds dozens and dozens of new sites, many of them based on the pop culture of the 21st century.

It Happened Right Here once again takes you on a journey across North America to the exact locations where the most significant events in American popular culture took place. It’s a road map for pop culture sites, from Patty Hearst’s bank to the garage where Apple Computer was born. Fully updated, the book includes such new entries as:

  • The locations featured in such television series as Stranger ThingsBreaking Bad, and Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Locations celebrating the legacy of legendary musician Prince
  • The dorm room where Facebook was created
  • The location of the opening freeway sequence from La La Land
  • The locations featured in the cult film Napoleon Dynamite
  • The Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Solange elevator incident
  • The Jussie Smollett Subway sandwich shop location
  • Steve Bartman's seat location at Wrigley Field
  • and dozens and dozens of other new sites!

Featuring hundreds of photographs, this fully illustrated, updated, and revised encyclopedic look at the locations of the most famous and infamous pop culture events includes the fascinating history of over a thousand landmarks—as well as their exact location. With up-to-date information for the sites included in Epting’s five original titles, plus dozens and dozens of new additions, It Happened Right Here is an amazing portrait of the bizarre, shocking, weird, and wonderful moments that have come to define American popular culture.

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