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10 Truly Insane Music Museums + Shrines

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By Frank Donovan

We here at VH1 music consider ourselves pretty big music fans and connoisseurs, but even we have our limits. Some music lovers will go so far as to devote their entire lives to a single artist–becoming experts and authorities on their lives, collecting and displaying memorabilia and artifacts. From grand gestures like building exact replicas of Britney Spears’ bedroom and Elvis Presley‘s Graceland mansion, to protecting minutiae like Johnny Cash‘s AmEx and a guitar pick that Keith Richards threw at you, the time and effort put in to these 10 museums and shrines put even MTV Fanatic (RIP) fans to shame.

Check out these 10 totally bonkers museums and shrines dedicated to musical heroes.

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by (@McBeardo)

The 10 Greatest Rock Movies You’ll Never See

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Try to imagine a Beatles-produced Lord of the Rings starring Paul McCartney as Frodo and John Lennon as Gollum. Now ponder A Clockwork Orange with Mick Jagger as bowler-hatted psycho Alex and Keith Richards as his number-two droog, Georgie. How about Pink Floyd scoring the otherworldly soundtrack to Dune? Or Van Halen blowing up Rock-‘n’ Roll High School?

While these premises may sound like bong-scented conversation snippets among vintage rock and cult movie fans, each and every one of those film possibilities came tantalizingly close to becoming celluloid reality.

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10 Musicians Who’ve Had Close Encounters With Aliens (Or So They Claim)

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If your loved ones think you’re nuts for believing in aliens, don’t fret. Your favorite music stars are also fascinated with extraterrestrials, UFOs, and everything that might live beyond Earth.  Sammy Hagar claims aliens infiltrated his thoughts, John Lennon says he saw a UFO flying high over the New York City skyline,  and blink 182‘s Tom DeLonge boasts photographic evidence!

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12 Weird Facts You Didn’t Know About Elvis Presley

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-By Frank Donovan 

Today marks what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday— that is, if you believe he’s actually dead. From his humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi to unprecedented rock ‘n’ roll megastardom, Presley lived with gusto and truly built the life of a king. But like many monarchs, the guy had some unique quirks.

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Controversial Music Moments of the Past That Are No Big Deal Today

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Today’s brash and illicit images in the media have completely desensitized the minds of music lovers. Nicki Minaj‘s overtly sexual “Anaconda” art cover sparked initial shock but quickly blew over once people realized seeing a person’s butt wasn’t anything new. The same goes for rockers dressing in drag, singers getting caught lip syncing and the occasional sex tape scandal. Is it sad to say that in 2014, controversy is not as controversial anymore? Well, yes and no. It’s still a big deal when Rihanna shows up to a red carpet basically naked in a sheer dress but we’ve seen Cher do that at the Oscars more than 20 years ago. Check out original controversial music moments that paved that way for outrageous moments today.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Life After Death: 7 Dead Music Legends Who Might Not Actually Be Dead

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Rock and roll is built on tall tales of larger than life figure who do it ALL! They play louder, party harder, live faster, and cram more into their years than we can hope to in even a dozen lifetimes. When these legends die, they live on through their famous escapades and most importantly through their music. But what if they live on for a totally different reason: they’re not actually dead in the first place?

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Pharrell’s Grammy Hat + Other Outrageous Music Memorabilia Sold At Auction

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Pharrell Williams became the talk of the Grammys last month with his, errr, “distinctive” Vivian Westwood “mounties” hat. And now on the biggest night in film, Pharrell made headlines once again by auctioning off the hat on eBay. That’s right: you had the chance to be the owner of this historic/hilarious headgear…provided you were willing to shell out a truly bonkers amount of money.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Good Rockin’ Tonight: The 10 Best Elvis Presley Covers In Hard Rock

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The King is gone but will never be forgotten. 79 years ago today a poor boy with a funny name was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. That boy was Elvis Aaron Presley and he would go on to not only change the course of popular music, but of the world itself. He helped bring the sound of African-American rhythm & blues into the suburban confines of white America, in no small way helping to create the sound and very idea of rock n’roll and setting nascent, teenage minds afire. Nearly no significant rocker of the past 50 + years has not cited him as an inspiration, from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin, from U2 to Green Day. His influence on hard rock and even heavy metal lingers on its sense of dangerous sexuality and patented, anti-authoritarian sneer as heard in the following 15 hard rocking Elvis covers. Now, despite his stylistic innovations and impact, most Elvis Presley covers are actually covers of songs Elvis covered as he wasn’t much of a songwriter. However, there’s no doubting, he was The King Of Rock N’ Roll. All hail the King. Read more…

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For Those Who Served + Rocked We Salute You: 20 Musicians Who Were In The Military

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You would think that the rigorous discipline of the military life and the unrestrained freedom of the music world would be at odds, but as it turns out, a number of rockers, rappers and musicians of all kinds have signed up and done their duty in defense of their countries. Some, like crooner Tony Bennett and former-Nirvana and Soundgarden member Jason Everman, have been on the frontlines of armed combat at its worst, while others like MC Hammer and Elvis Presley have served during times of relative peace. And, of course, given their natural inclination to indulge their creative impulses, guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead were never really cut out for Army life in the first life and were discharged before finishing their tours of duty. But on this Veteran’s Day, it’s important to acknowledge their contributions and those of all people who serve or have served in keeping their countries safe and protecting these freedoms which we hold so dear.