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.

Our Roadmaps will help you plan a visit to one of your favorite Rock N Roll locations, or will allow you to follow in the footsteps of famous musicians and bands.

Artist Compilations allows you to find all of the references in our website by band or musician or both!

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.

Warner Playhouse In Los Angeles – An Early Doors Concert Venue

When the Doors where first starting out in Los Angeles, they played at a…

Back In Town By The Kingston Trio Album Cover Location

The Kingston Trio’s live album “Back In Town” was photographed at this intersection…

Basin Street West

Basin Street West was a famous Jazz club which gradually migrated towards rock before…

Phoenix Hotel – Hotel Of Choice For The Rock ‘N Roll Community In San Francisco

The Phoenix Hotel is a landmark, celebrating over two decades of being San Francisco’s…

Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Santa Rosa’s central location in Sonoma County made the Fairgrounds a good ‘extra date’…

Strawberry Fields – Dedicated To The Memory Of John Lennon

This is a landscaped section in New York City’s Central Park that is dedicated to the…

The Comedy Store – Previously Ciro’s Where The Byrds Became Famous

Certainly famous in its own right as one the original places where the current…

Sunset Sound – “The Doors”, “Led Zeppelin II”, “Led Zeppelin IV”, “Beggars Banquet”, “Exile on Main Street”

Recording studios rarely have the kind of history that Sunset Sound has enjoyed. Led Zeppelin…

The Lion’s Share – Janis Joplin’s Wake Was Held Here

San Anselmo was home to Marin’s premiere rock venue, the Lion’s Share located near United…

The Bob Dylan Archive

The Dylan Archive includes the complete sessions for all of his albums along with dozens of professionally filmed concerts…

Back Album Cover Location Of “Murmur” by R.E.M.

A train trestle in Athens, GA was featured on the back cover of the original…

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, An Open-Air Concert Venue

This venue is a rock structure in Red Rocks Park near Morrison…

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Where Minnie Riperton, Johnnie Ray And Others Died

On July 12, 1979, Minnie Riperton died of breast cancer here. She is best known for her…

ABC Television Center Also Known As The Prospect Studios

Many great and memorable television shows have been produced here including…

Warfield Theater

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

Edenvale Elementary School – Tower Of Power Lead Singer Arrested For Murder

On February 19th 1976, the lead singer for Tower of Power, Rick Stevens, surrendered to police…

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame In Pawtucket RI

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame is a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating…

The Record Plant – New York City

Many classic rock albums were recorded here including: Electric Ladyland by The Jimi…

Earl Warren Show Grounds In Santa Barbara – First Large Doors Concert

On July 28 1966, at the “Mid-Summer Spectacular Show of Shows” the…

Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame honors musicians, both past and present, who have contributed…

Duluth Armory – Buddy Holly Performance Inspired Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was at the show and he named it as an inspiration at the 1998 Grammy Awards…

Prairie Sun Recording Studio

Prairie Sun is a ‘One-Stop’ facility comprised of three fully equipped analog…

Straight Theater – Grateful Dead Rehearsal Hall

The Grateful Dead used this location as a rehearsal hall before its official opening…

The Central Park Concert By Dave Matthews Band Album Cover Location

In addition to the “Central Park Concert” album cover, Central Park was the location…

Long Island Arena – Part Of Frampton Comes Alive Was Recorded Here

Probably the most famous performance here was when Peter Frampton appeared in August 1975 and…

Memory Motel And Bar – Immortalized By The Rolling Stones

The Memory Motel and bar was immortalized by The Rolling Stones in the song…

461 Ocean Blvd By Eric Clapton Album Cover Location

Clapton’s classic 1974 album was named after the beautiful beach home…

Buddy Holly Center Promotes The Legacy Of Buddy Holly

The Buddy Holly Center has dual missions; preserving, collecting and promoting the legacy…

The St. Louis Walk of Fame

Embedded in the sidewalk along Delmar Boulevard in the Loop area of…

Sheraton Gunter Hotel – Robert Johnson Recorded Here

On November 23, 1936, in Room 414, a talent scout arranged a session with…

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music…

D’Argenzio Winery – Randy Rhoads Limited Release Cabernet

D’Argenzio Winery has a one time vintage wine called The Randy Rhoads Limited Release…

Where Berry Oakley Of “The Allman Brothers Band” Was Killed

On November 11, 1972, Oakley was involved in an accident just three blocks from where…

Heaven’s Door Whiskey, Part Owned By Bob Dylan

Heaven’s Door is a collection of American Whiskeys developed in partnership with Bob Dylan…

Fender Center for the Performing Arts

On July 13th, 2002 the Fender Museum of Music and the Arts carved a place for itself in…

William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre

The William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre opened in Berkeley in September 1903…

Newport Folk Festival

The Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 and continues on to this…

Temple University – Where “American Pie” Was Written

Contrary to belief, and what many consider to be historical fact, Don McLean…

Beatles’ Home In Los Angeles While Touring The U.S. In 1966

The Beatles rented this home while touring through Los Angeles in 1966…

The Stone Pony – Bruce Springsteen Performs Regularly Here

The Stone Pony, opened its doors on Feb. 8, 1974 in a building which formerly…

Nob Hill Hotel – Rock Star’s Home Away From Home

The Nob Hill is a 56 room boutique hotel in the affluent Nob Hill district of…

“Pretzel Logic” By Steely Dan Album Cover Location

The cover photo of Steely Dan’s third album “Pretzel Logic” was shot by…

Agoura High School In Agoura Hills Alumni Include Members Of Linkin Park

Students included Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda of Linkin…

“Going for the One” By Yes Album Cover Location

The two towers located at 2029 and 2049 Century Park East are featured on the cover…

Where Eric Carr, Drummer For Kiss Died

Eric Carr was the drummer for Kiss when he was diagnosed with…

MCA Records

MCA Records was part of the Music Corporation of America (MCA). In 2003, it was bought…

Gazzarri’s

The Godfather of Rock and Roll was a staple on L. A. airwaves with his commercials for years…

Crystal Ballroom Located In Portland Oregon

In the 1960s, bands like the Grateful Dead, Ike & Tina Turner, Country Joe &…

Varsity Stadium In Toronto Ontario Held The Rock ‘N Roll Revival Concert

The stadium has hosted many famous concerts including the 1969 Rock…

Dressed To Kill by KISS Album Cover Location

KISS was photographed for their album “Dressed To Kill” in their full makeup…

“Still Crazy After All These Years” By Paul Simon Album Cover Location

The album cover was photographed by Edie Baskin, who was dating Simon at…

The Levitt Shell, Memphis – Considered First Venue For A Rock Concert

Previously known as the Overton Park Shell and the Raoul Wallenberg Shell…

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Opened in 1927, this Hotel has seen its fair share of history. The first ever Academy…

Dolby Theatre, Formerly Known As The Kodak Theatre

Formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, it has hosted the Academy Awards…

The Ed Sullivan Theater – Home To Many Famous Television Performances

On September 9, 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show…

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills High had a large amount of musical alumni including: Shaun Cassidy…

Las Vegas Hilton – Elvis Performed For 58 Consecutive Sold Out Shows Here.

When the Hilton opened in 1969, it was the largest hotel in the world…

Jon Bon Jovi’s Former Condominium In New York NY

This Manhattan 7,452-square-foot condo was listed for $39.9 million…

TTG Studios

This is where the Doors recorded their third album, Waiting For The Sun. This is also the…

Pacific Recorders

Pacific Recorders was the first 16 track recording studio in the Bay Area. The…