The Who Help London Area To Top Rock N Roll Birthplace Chart

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The Who‘s Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwhistle have helped secure Shepherd’s Bush in London, as the UK’s rock and roll hotspot, beating off competition from Liverpool and Manchester in a new poll.

The chart compiled by guitarrockstar also found that other successful rockstars to hail from West London include The Clash‘s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, Sex PistolsGlen Matlock, Paul Cook and Steve Jones and The AnimalsJohn Weider.

Shepherd’s Bush’s avearge of 1/1,222 rock stars per head of the population puts it above anywhere else in the UK, based on a poll of 500 musicians.

The W12 postcode area is also home to musicians who have moved there from other areas, including Pete Doherty and Bush’s Gavin Rossdale.

However, despite the high count in West London, in terms of top UK cities, Manchester came out top. Birthplace of Oasis, The Smiths, Stone Roses and Joy Division – Manchester’s ratio is one rock star to every 17,850 of the population, followed by Oxford (1/ 24,170) and Liverpool (1 / 29,073).

The research was conducted to launch an online competition
searching for for the UK’s Guitar RockStar Idol.

To submit your own entry or to vote visit guitarrockstar.

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