Rock N Roll Music History

Rock and Roll Roadmaps chronicles the history of American and Canadian Rock and Roll.
Find the places where your favorite bands played, stayed, lived and died.

Use the links above to find the locations that Rock N Roll musicians and their bands frequented while making music history. Check out the links under People to find the places that musicians lived, stayed, died and where they are buried.

Under Music, you will find where rock musicians recorded their music, the venues they played at, the studios and labels they used as well as the physical location of dozens of album cover shots.

The Places link is where you can find the restaurants and bars frequented by rock musicians as well as the schools they attended, the manufacturers and sellers of the musical instruments they use and the museums and halls that feature their work.

Featured Locations:

Tarpan Studios

Tarpan Studios

This has been called the Motown of Marin, having recorded some of the greatest acts in…

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Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum

Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum

The Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum houses rock and radio posters, artwork,…

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Offices of Melvin Belli – The Rolling Stone’s lawyer

Melvin Belli was a prominent lawyer known as “The King of Torts”, and by detractors…

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Music City San Francisco Walk of Fame Picture

Music City San Francisco

Music City SF is the vision of Rudy Colombini, a native San Franciscan with a deep love of music and…

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Mount Olivet Cemetery

Buried Here – Jerry Corbetta, Lead Singer Of “Sugarloaf”

Jerry Corbetta is best be remembered as the lead singer of Sugarloaf…

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The Bowery Ballroom

The Bowery Ballroom

A major Rock club located in the Bowery. The club serves as the namesake of Joan…

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Poster For The Warfield Theater

Warfield Theater

Opened in 1922, this nine story building was booked by Bill Graham in 1979 for…

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The Purple Onion

The Purple Onion

The club that launched the Smothers Brothers and The Kingston Trio is still…

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Beverly Hills Hotel

Beverly Hills Hotel – The Eagles Hotel California

Although famous as the temporary residence of movie stars and kings, it is also…

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Tina Turner Museum

Tina Turner Museum – World’s Largest Collection Of Tina Turner Memorabilia

The school was originally in Nutbush, Tina’s home town, before it was moved to…

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Forest Lawn Cathedral City

Buried Here – John Phillips Of The Mamas And Papas

John was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and promoter. Known as Papa John…

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Eternal Valley Memorial Park

Buried Here – Gene Vincent, Roy Brown

Gene was a pioneering American musician that specialized in rock and roll and…

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Scaggs Vineyard

Scaggs Vineyard Owned By Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs and his wife Dominique, moved to the hills above Napa Valley in 1996…

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The Berkeley Square

The Berkeley Square was a small music club in Berkeley, California, operating through the 1970s…

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Jackson Browne Residence

For a while in the late 1960’s, Jackson Browne lived in the downstairs laundry room of…

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Kezar Stadium

Kezar Stadium

The stadium was built between 1922 and 1925 in the southeast corner of…

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The Firehouse

The Firehouse

Located at the former quarters of Engine Co. 26 and Truck Co. 10, this building held concerts…

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Devonshire Downs

Devonshire Downs – Home of the Newport ’69 Pop Festival

This ex-racetrack is probably best known for hosting the Newport ’69 Pop Festival. This show…

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Hopewell Cemetery

Buried Here – Johnnie Ray

Johnnie was singer, songwriter, pianist and one of the most popular entertainers…

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Beacon Theatre

Beacon Theatre – The Allman Brothers Home Away From Home

Many great acts have graced the stage of the Beacon which is known for its superior acoustics, including the…

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Big Hits by The Rolling Stones

“Big Hits” by The Rolling Stones & “Sounds Of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel Album Cover Location

“Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass)” by the Rolling Stones and Simon and Garfunkel’s…

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Sherman Oaks Galleria

Sherman Oaks Galleria – Setting For “Valley Girl” By Frank Zappa

This is the place made famous in Frank Zappa’s epic, “Valley Girl”. It was also a main setting in…

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Cleveland Arena, location of first ever Rock concert

On March 21, 1952, Alan Freed emceed the Moondog Coronation Ball at the…

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Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium

Entertainers from around the world have performed here such as KISS, The Rolling Stones…

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Hybrid Studios

Hybrid Studios – An Orange County, CA Multimedia Production Facility

Hybrid Studios is an Orange County multimedia production facility that features…

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Loara High School

Loara High School – No Doubt, Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley

Strangely enough, Tim Buckley and his son Jeff Buckley went to school…

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Americana- Hotel Rochester-

Where David Bowie & Iggy Pop Were Arrested For Pot Possession

David Bowie and Iggy Pop, who was touring with Bowie at the time, were charged with marijuana possession…

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The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign – Welcome to Hollyweird

The Sign measures 450 feet long, its letters are 45 feet high, and it’s visible from…

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Monterey County Fairgrounds

Monterey County Fairgrounds, Home Of The 1967 Monterey Pop Festival

The Monterey County Fairgrounds has hosted the world renowned Monterey…

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Jeff Buckley

Where Jeff Buckley Died

On May 29, 1997 Jeff was waiting for his band to arrive and decided to take…

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The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

The Civic Auditorium was renamed in 1992 following Bill’s death. At the entrance are…

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Pamela Courson

Where Pamela Courson, Wife And Muse Of Jim Morrison Died

Jim Morrison’s girlfriend Pam Courson overdosed on heroin here on April 25…

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Columbus Recorders

Columbus Recorders

In an attempt to duplicate the free form nature of a live Grateful Dead show, the…

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Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indiana State Fairgrounds Roof Collapse

On August 13, 2011, high winds from an approaching storm collapsed the roof…

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Fillmore East

Fillmore East

The East Coast edition of Bill Graham’s concert venues which opened on March 8…

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Rick James

Where Rick James Died

On the morning of August 6, 2004, Rick James was found dead in his home by his…

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Juilliard School

Juilliard School

Julliard is a performing arts conservatory. It trains about 800 undergraduate and…

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Fantasy Records

Fantasy Records

In 1968 Fantasy’s most successful act emerged when the local group Creedence…

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Turn 21 by The Donnas

Turn 21 by The Donnas Album Cover Location

The cover of The Donnas’ “Turn 21” album was shot at the The Ruby Room…

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Jerry Garcia's Last Home

Jerry Garcia’s Last Home

Jerry’s home went on the market in September of 2010, but was soon after removed from…

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Saint Paul Civic Center Arena

The arena was part of the RiverCentre, a large convention center…

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Blue Jay Way

George Harrison’s Home on Blue Jay Way

This street became a song by George Harrison after he rented a home here in 1968, it celebrates our…

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Venice Beach

Venice Beach – Where Jim Morrison Met Ray Manzarek

In the summer of 1965, Jim Morrison encounters his fellow film school buddy Ray Manzarek on the beach here…

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Geffen Records

Geffen Records – Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Neil Young & Crosby, Stills and Nash

David Geffen, once manager to many of the big names of the sixties, such as Joni Mitchell…

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Wingate Park

On August 14, 1990, Curtis Mayfield was struck and paralyzed by a lighting scaffold…

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Disneyland

Disneyland – The beginning of The Eagles

In 1971, Linda Rondstadt had a week long gig on one of the stages in Disneyland…

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Gold Star Recording Studios

Gold Star Recording Studios

This is where legendary producer Phil Spector created his famous “Wall of Sound” …

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Hotel Earle

Hotel Earle – Bob Dylan lived here for a while in room 305

In the early Sixties, Bob Dylan lived here for a short while in room 305…

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Stanley Mouse Arwork For The Grateful Dead

Kelley-Mouse Studios – Home of classic rock poster artists

This was the headquarters of some very talented poster artists. It’s also where…

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Hendersonville Memory Gardens

Buried Here – Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash

Legendary Singer and songwriter who was known as “The Man in Black” …

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Ray Manzarek Home

Ray Manzarek’s Last Los Angeles Area Home

Ray and his family lived here for many years before moving to Napa…

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Cooperstown Phoenix

Cooperstown Phoenix – Restaurant And Bar Owned By Alice Cooper

Established in 1998 by Hall of Fame Rocker Alice Cooper, Cooperstown bills…

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Jim Morrison Mural

“Morning Shot” , The Jim Morrison Mural In Venice Beach, California

Created by artist/muralist Rip Cronk in 1991, the mural of Jim Morrison is made of acrylic paint and is 12 feet wide…

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Washington Coliseum

Washington Coliseum – Site Of The First Concert By The Beatles In The U.S.

On February 11, 1964, this was the site of the very first concert by The Beatles in the…

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Coffee Gallery

Coffee Gallery – Grace Slick and The Great Society first public appearance

Grace Slick and The Great Society made its first public appearance here for the opening of…

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Hermitage Memorial Gardens

Buried Here – Doug Woody, Bassist For The Allman Brothers Band & James Hall

Allen was a former bassist for the Allman Brothers Band and founder of…

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Neverland Ranch

Neverland Ranch – Michael Jackson’s Home

Neverland Valley Ranch (formerly the Sycamore Valley Ranch) is located in Santa…

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Silk Degrees

Silk Degrees by Boz Scaggs Album Cover Location

The cover of Boz Scaggs 1976 album Silk Degrees was taken at Casino Point…

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Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory – Site Of Jim Morrison Photoshoot

Griffith Observatory was the location of Paul Ferrara’s iconic 1968 photo…

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Where Felix Pappalardi died

Felix Pappalardi was famous for being the producer of Cream and others as well…

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Thee Image

Thee Image

Thee Image was Miami’s best known psychedelic rock club in the ’60’s,…

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Morrison Hotel Album Cover

Morrison Hotel by The Doors Album Cover Location

The Original Hard Rock Cafe is where The Doors’ “Morrison Hotel” album…

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DB Records – B-52’s Recorded Their First Single, “Rock Lobster” Here

In 1978, Danny Beard was friends with some musicians that became the B-52’s…

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FM Station

FM Station

Filthy McNasty had run this place since the early 70’s. The Band, Edgar Winter and many…

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The Palomino

The Palomino

The Palomino has long been known as a country-flavored club, but in the 80’s…

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Built For Speed by The Stray Cats

Built For Speed by The Stray Cats Album Cover Location

The album cover for the Stray Cats’ “Built For Speed” LP was shot in the front…

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Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College

Located west of Hollywood, this two year junior college had many students that went on…

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Los Angeles National Cemetery

Buried here – Dean Paul Martin Jr.

Dean was the son of Dean Martin and his second wife. At a very young age, he joined Desi Arnaz Jr…

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Where Harry Chapin died

On his way to play a concert, on July 16th, 1981, Harry Chapin was killed when…

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The Turkey Joint West

The Turkey Joint West – Early Doors performances here

The Seeds first played here in 1964. The Doors honed their onstage presence…

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley_Park_Records

Paisley Park Studios – Designed & Owned By Prince, Where He Lived And Where He Died

The studio, which was designed and is owned by Prince was officially opened on September…

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Both And

Both/And – “Ball and Chain” By “Big Mama” Thornton Heard Here By Janis Joplin

“Big Mama” Thornton was a regular at this jazz club, one of her songs “Ball and Chain” was…

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The Nightbreak

The Nightbreak

A true San Francisco original, Nightbreak was the Alt/indie venue that everyone…

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The museum exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about…

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Michigan Palace

Michigan Palace – Last Iggy & The Stooges Concert

Also known as the Michigan Theatre and the Michigan Building, in the 70’s…

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Hibbing High School

Hibbing High School – Bob Dylan went to school here.

Bob Dylan, then known as Robert Zimmerman, graduated from high school here in May 1959…

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Oakmont Mortuary and Cemetery

Buried Here – Brent Mydland, Keyboardist For The Grateful Dead

Brent was the fourth keyboardist to play for The Grateful Dead…

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Buried Here – Jackie Wilson

Jackie was called “Mr. Entertainment,” and he had over two dozen top 40 singles…

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Paley Center

Paley Center for Media – formerly known as The Museum of Television & Radio

The Paley Center for Media, formerly known as both The Museum of Television…

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Aberdeen Museum of History

Aberdeen Museum of History, Partly Devoted To Kurt Cobain And Nirvana

Based in Kurt Cobain’s home town, this museum has a section devoted…

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