Middle Earth - Long Beach
Fullerton, Norwalk, Downey, Long Beach
If you really want to see downtown, take the 110 freeway to 9th st exit into downtown. Make the first or second right, and then another right and pull over in the long yellow zone in front of the beautiful & modern L.A. Library. Jump out and cross the street, (leaving someone in the car) and go straight up the 5 stories of marble outdoor elevators past waterfalls and businessmen to the Arco Plaza, where the surrounding skyscrapers make you feel like New York. You can see the Boneventure Hotel and even the huge Convention Center blocks away. Check out the live skyline cam.
Back on the 5 freeway south, we exit to visit Wild Rags in Whittier, and then back on and exit Lakewood for Middle Earth records, the area's best underground record store. Close by is Norwalk Music and Lion's Dior, a rock club in Downey.
Back on the freeway, our next stop is Velvet Underground in South Long Beach, and then to the Foothill Club, Hillside Club, and Zed Records in Long Beach. We don't have time to shop for souvieners at the Queen Mary or the Convention Center.
Instead head east on the Artesia Freeway to Fullerton. Fullerton rocks, by the way, and we'll spend the rest of the day here. Our first stop in Fullerton is Black Hole records, and then the 3 store block of Ipso Facto, .
We then head east on Blvd past Bionic Records to Club 369 where all the great L.A. band play. It's in a huge shopping center. Also in Fullerton is Gecko's, a dance club that rocks.
Next we'll head down into
Orange County where all the old school punk bands came from . . .