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How to Locate the Vampires Walkin’ Through the Valley: Move West Down Ventura Boulevard

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If there’s one thing we love about being trapped here in our visual culture bubble, it’s looking at maps. Oh, how we love the informational yet directional nature of maps! But if you asked us to choose another thing we love, just as much as maps, it would definitely be a toss up between maps and Tom Petty. And the Heartbreakers, of course (but that would be three things, we know).

Lucky for us, local publication LA Weekly has combined our two great loves in one great feature, “Tom Petty’s Los Angeles” which includes a beautiful graphic by Scott Gursky that weaves real-life places Petty lived (like several skanky hotels in Hollywood) with notable performance venues and enough lyrical references to send you digging into your iTunes library for “I Won’t Back Down.”

The map was created to coincide with the release of Chronicle Books’ Runnin’ Down a Dream, a gigantic companion to the Peter Bogdanovich documentary that came out last year. The numbers on the downloadable PDF correspond to 38 different locations, with addresses, so you’ll know exactly where to go when you wanna glide down over Mulholland (#20, the location where pro skater and convicted murderer Mark “Gator” Rogowski glided down a ramp in the video for “Free Fallin’”).

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