Armadillo World Headquarters by Eddie Wilson and Jesse Sublett

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On August 7, 1970, Eddie Wilson and a band of hippies threw open the doors of the Armadillo World Headquarters and the live music capital of the world was born in Austin, Texas. Over its ten-year lifespan, the Armadillo hosted thousands of high-profile musicians – Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. The Armadillo helped define the Austin lifestyle, culture, and identity, setting the stage for successors such as the SXSW music festival and Austin City Limits, which have made Austin and international destination for music fans.