The Pop Culture Road Trip

A pop culture history aficionado, Chris has a lifelong penchant for documenting the exact sites where things both great and small occurred. As an author, Epting has found that unearthing and chronicling ""hidden"" locations offers him a challenge. What began as an inquisitive hobby soon developed into the writing and photographing of 18 books based on his discoveries, including ""James Dean Died Here…The Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks,"" ""Elvis Presley Passed Here, Even More Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks,"" ""Roadside Baseball,"" and ""The Ruby Slippers, Madonna's Bra, and Einstein's Brain: The Locations of America's Pop Culture.""

As an extension of his efforts to chronicle the unique, Epting joined Hampton Hotels for a sixth exciting year as national spokesperson and consultant for the Hidden Landmarks program in support of the brand's national ""Explore the Highway with Hampton Save-A-LandmarkÔ"" campaign (the program recently won the President's award).
Chris is a frequent featured guest on numerous radio and television programs such as National Public Radio's ""All Things Considered,"" ""The Savvy Traveler,"" ""Access Hollywood"" and FOX TV's the ""Best Damn Sports Show Period,"" plus radio and TV programs around the world.
He has contributed articles for such publications as the ""Los Angeles Times,"" ""Westways,"" ""Travel + Leisure"" and ""Preservation"" magazine, and hosts the weekly syndicated radio show, ""The Pop Culture Road Trip."" Chris's latest book, ""Hello It's Me…Dispatches from a Pop Culture Junkie"" will be released in July, 2010.
Chris lives in Huntington Beach, CA with his wife and their two children.

I wanted to let you know that I’ve started a new blog here at – The Rock and Roll Road Trip – which is where you can now follow me. Thanks for continuing the ride….

Charlie and I made it back from the Actic and it was more spectacular than we imagined it would be. I’ve already written an article about it…   “Maybe it was the deep isolation in a blue and white ice …Read More

Something special – recently I sat down at the home of Phil Collen from Def Leppard – he shared some of the new live album that’s coming out this week, “Mirrorball” – which includes three new studio tracks as well. …Read More

From an article I wrote recently… “It’s not often that you get to speak with a musical legend as lasting and impactful as Herb Alpert. Given that he will be performing May 20 in our backyard at the Renée and …Read More

Many of you are preparing for graduations this time of the year – we have two. Our daughter is moving from middle school to high school and our son is graduating from high school. My newspaper column this week talks …Read More

I took this photo this morning and attached what felt like an appropriate thought – from one of my favorite philosophers… “I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of …Read More

Thirty years ago, it was seemingly everywhere; the earnest, feathery voice of a soft-spoken Texas balladeer – Christopher Cross. The charts back then featured a galaxy of stars and soon-to-be-legends; Blondie, Queen, Elton John, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. But …Read More

A piece I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks just broke on AOL News. There’s just something about her – it’s strange – that pulls many of us in… In any event, here you go…  

We all know what happened at Dodger Stadium last week – the tragic beating of a Giants fan in the parking lot after the game. Dodger owner Frank McCourt called it a “random act” (as opposed to the calculated attack …Read More

On this, the eve of the tour, I thought I’d share this. Back in January, I interviewed Claudio Sanchez about Coheed and Cambria’s upcoming tour –  going back to their roots, playing ‘The Second Stage Turbine Blade’ in its entirety (along …Read More