city: oakland

heinold’s first and last chance saloon

from jack london posted in literature by corporate_sunshine

Originally constructed in 1880 from the remnants of a whaling ship, this building was purchased and coverted into a saloon in 1883 by Johnny Heinhold. The name refers to the first and last place sailors could get a drink before hitting the open sea, and the pub was frequented by sailors and adventurers.

After Jack London returned from a fishing trip to Japan and gold-prospecting in the Klondike, the 17-year-old would study at the bar to complete his high school education. London told Heinhold of his desire to attend college to become a writer, and Heinhold lent him the money to attend the University of California at Berkeley.

Although London only finished one year at the university, London used many figures from his time at Heinhold's in his writings (including Captain Alex MacLean, who became Wolf Larsen in The Sea Wolf).

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fantasy records office (former)

from creedence clearwater revival posted in music by pete_nice

In 1963, members of The Blue Velvets were watching a PBS documentary on Vince Guaraldi, who had a recent hit with "Cast Your Fate To The Wind." The Blue Velvets were excited to learn that Guaraldi's label, Fantasy Records, was located nearby in Oakland, CA.

The band approached Max Weiss, co-owner of Fantasy Records, about doing some instrumentals for the label. Weiss was impressed with the energy of the band and signed them, but had them change their name to The Golliwogs (which they kept for 3.5 years).

After Fantasy Records was sold to Saul Zaentz, the band changed their name again- to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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duck kee market (former)

from creedence clearwater revival posted in music by pete_nice

The cover for CCR's 1969 album Willy and the Poor Boys was shot outside the Duck Kee Market by Basul Parik.

John Fogerty liked the idea of a traveling band theme for the album, and the photo features the members of CCR jamming outside the location.

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harrison square

from del the funky homosapien posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

The photo for Del the Funky Homosapien's comic book themed cover on his second album No Need for Alarm was shot at Harrison Square in Oakland's Chinatown. A lot of people say this album is uneven, which it is, but much of it is great if you can get past the misogyny of "Boo Boo Heads."

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