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Daytona Beach Pop Culture

As a premier beach town, Daytona has had its share of musicians—especially rock ’n’ rollers—pass through. Duane and Gregg Allman lived and gigged in Daytona before moving on to Jacksonville and, eventually, the world stage. A number of movies have used the city as a backdrop: "Days of Thunder," the forgettable Tom Cruise film about racing, but also "Monster" (with Charlize Theron), Wilder Napalm and Rosewood. Stephen Crane’s short story "The Open Boat" revisits his survival of a shipwreck off Daytona Beach; on a less lofty note, NASCAR partnered with Harlequin to produce a series of romance novels featuring NASCAR plotlines that run through Daytona, including "In The Groove" by Pamela Britton.