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Jim Morrison's GraveJim Morrison's grave site is among the most visited in the world. His tombstone, which features an eerie likeness of the late Doors singer, is located in the famed Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France. If you go, expect to see numerous other strange (and unauthorized) tributes near the site. Visiting Morrison's grave is considered by some to be a true rock 'n' roll pilgrimage.
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Johnny Ramone's GraveIf you ever want to see a true rock star's ultimate, elaborate gravestone, check out the marker for Johnny Ramone, aka John Cummings. The co-founder and lead guitarist of The Ramones was cremated after he died in 2004, but his memorial is amazing. Located in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the massive memorial features a huge bust of a guitar-playing Johnny Ramone, along with several quotes from friends and loved ones etched around the sites (among them: Lisa Marie Presley, Rob Zombie and Eddie Vedder). The rocker actually designed this memorial himself - so at least we know that he got exactly what he wanted.
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Elvis Presley's GravePerhaps the most visited grave site ever? Elvis Presley. Graceland. The rock legend's actual tombstone seems almost plain, compared to the elaborate setting for it on the grounds of his beloved Memphis, Tennessee, home. His tombstone is located in the beautiful Meditation Garden next to the pool. He is surrounded by the graves of his mother and father, Gladys and Vernon Presley.
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Rick James' GraveRick James' tombstone is definitely one of the best of the best. The huge tombstone bears James' likeness from his hay day - it's actually an etching of a picture on James' album 'Street Songs.' Wicked cool. James, who died in August of 2004 of a heart attack, is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York.
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Dee Dee Ramone's GraveLike his bandmate, Johnny Ramone, famed Ramones founder and bassist Dee Dee Ramone's grave/memorial is located in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Unlike his bandmate, Dee Dee (aka Douglas Glenn Colvin), went for a slightly smaller gravestone. It features the Ramones seal, general information about his life and death (in 2002)...and a quote from Dee Dee that reads, "OK...I gotta go now."
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Marc Bolan's GraveBritish singer-songwriter Marc Bolan (founder of the band T. Rex), died in September of 1977 at the young age of 29. Bolan was killed in a car crash in southwest London. While Bolan was cremated, his rabid fans have turned the crash site into a massive memorial, complete with bronze bust on a tombstone. Today, the site also includes dedications to other T. Rex members who've passed on.
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Frank Zappa's GravevThis one may surprise you. One might expect musician Frank Zappa to have a totally crazy tombstone, right? Sadly, no. In fact, Frank Zappa, who died in December of 1993, has an unmarked grave! Nothing. Nada. Zappa was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles - and he has no grave marker of any kind. Still making a statement, even in death.
FYI: He's not the only super-famous musician buried in an unmarked grave in Westwood: Famed rocker Roy Orbison is also buried in an unmarked grave just a few yards away from Zappa.
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Bon Scott's GraveMusician Bon Scott died in February of 1980. Scott is buried in the Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia. His tombstone, in addition to the usual info (birth, death, family, etc.), also includes a very non Bon Scott-ish poem:
"Close to our hearts
He Will Always Stay
Loved and Remembered
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Nick Drake's GraveBritish musician Nick Drake died in 1974. Since his death, he's become infinitely more popular. Drake was cremated after he passed away, but his grave marker in a cemetery in the St. Mary Magdalene Churchyard in Warwickshire, England, definitely speaks to his passion. The inscription reads:
"Now we are rise
and we are everywhere."
Fans of Drake's will recognize this line from the song "From the Morning," the final track on Drake's last album, 'Pink Moon.'
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Michael Jackson's GraveThe late, great, Michael Jackson is buried in the Great Mausoleum of the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. Normally, the Mausoleum isn't open to the public, but in June of 2010, on the first anniversary of Jackson's untimely death, the burial site was open to the public. The actual tomb (very large) seems pretty plain - but the crypt area is often adorned with scores of flowers, photos and messages (not that we'd know that, because, well, we're usually not allowed to see it). On, and then there's the massive stained-glass reproduction of Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' at the Mausoleum entrance. Wacky as one might expect? No, but definitely elaborate.