On Saturday, August 21, BPAC led a bike ride to sites in Alexandria associated with music, movies, and TV shows.
About a dozen people gathered by the Braddock Road metro station on a sunny summer morning. We then did a 13-mile loop around the city, learning about some of the musicians who have called Alexandria home and some of the movies and TV shows that were filmed here.
We stopped by Jim Morrison’s boyhood home, where he lived before becoming the frontman of The Doors, and talked about what happened when The Doors later played at the Alexandria Roller Rink. We visited Nicholson Lane, where The Foo Fighters recorded their first Grammy-winning album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose. We talked about what was fact and what was fiction in Remember the Titans, the movie starring Denzel Washington that was based on the story of Alexandria’s 1971 Virginia state football championship team. We learned why the filmmakers of J. Edgar, the biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, used CGI to shorten the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
Some photos from the ride are below.
If you’d like to do a self-guided version of the ride, a ride guide is available here.
Thank you to the BPAC volunteers who made the ride possible!