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:

Santana Supernatural Brut By Mumm Napa

Santana Supernatural Brut By Mumm Napa

Carlos Santana partnered with Mumm Napa to release some limited edition sparkling wines. The collaboration…

Lowell George

Where Lowell George Of Little Feat Died

On June 29, 1979, while on tour promoting his “Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here”…

Fillmore East

Fillmore East

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

Hard Rock Park

Hard Rock Park/Freestyle Music Park

Hard Rock Park was a music theme park that opened on April 15, 2008, then closed on…

Saint Patrick Cemetery

Buried Here – Benjamin Orr, Co-Founder, Bassist & Singer of “The Cars”

Ben was the co-founder along with Ric Ocasek of “The Cars.” He was their bass…

Ry Cooder by Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder by Ry Cooder Album Cover Location

The cover for Ry Cooder’s self-titled album “Ry Cooder” was shot in front…

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…

Saint Benedict Catholic Cemetery

Buried Here – John Curulewski, Original Member And Guitarist For “Styx”

John was a founding member of Styx and was the guitarist who played…

Highway 61 Revisited

Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan Album Cover Location

Dylan was photographed for Highway 61 Revisited while sitting on a set of…

The Panhandle in Golden Gate Park

The Panhandle in Golden Gate Park

This little strip of land, just a few blocks north of the Haight has been the site of many…

Marty Balin's Home

Marty Balin’s Home

Not far from downtown Mill Valley is this house purchased by Marty Balin after the initial success of the…

KSAN Classic Rock

KSAN – A Pioneering Classic Rock FM Station In San Francisco

There have been many incarnations of KSAN, this article will cover the one that on May 21, 1968…

KTLA

KTLA – The Doors first television appearance

Casey Kasem hosted a show called “Shebang” on KTLA, Channel 5 in…

Hungry i

Hungry i

The Hungry i was a legendary San Francisco nightclub operated in the late 1950s…

David B. Cole

Buried Here – David B. Cole, A Founder Of C + C Music Factory

David was part of the musical group C + C Music Factory…

Eternal Home Cemetery

Buried Here – Bill Graham, Impresario And Rock Concert Promoter

Bill was the ultimate impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991…

J&M Studios

J&M Studios – Hits By Fats Domino, Little Richard Were Recorded Here

This was the place to record your songs in the New Orleans area in the…

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…

Radio City

Radio City – Metallica’s First Gig

On March 14, 1982 Metallica played there first ever gig here. In 1986 the…

Book Soup

Book Soup – Best place to see a musician sign their book.

Book Soup is one of the most popular book stores for celebrity book signings…

Studio at The Palms

Studio at The Palms – First Recording Studio Located Inside A Casino

The Studio at The Palms is the first ever recording studio located inside a casino…

The Rathskeller

The Rathskeller aka “The Rat”

Now the location of the Hotel Commonwealth, The Rathskeller (akaThe Rat) was a Kenmore Square live…

Cedar Hill Cemetery

Buried Here – Eric Carr Of KISS

He replaced founding member Peter Criss in the rock band “KISS” in 1980…

Rod Price Gravestone

Buried here – Rod Price, Founding Member & Guitar Player For Foghat

Rod was a founding member and guitar player for “Foghat.”…

Calliope Warehouse

Calliope Warehouse Loft – First Ever Bill Graham Concert

Bill Graham threw his first concert – a legal defense fundraiser for the …

Memorial Park

Buried Here – Sam Phillips, Isaac Hayes, Donald “Duck” Dunn

Donald “Duck” Dunn, Sam Phillips, Isaac Hayes, Jimmy Griffin, J. Blackfoot

Al’s Bar

Al’s Bar

Al’s bar was a popular venue for L.A.’s 80s Punk Rock scene…

Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music

A legendary music school that has educated many famous rock and pop…

Turnstiles by Billy Joel

Turnstiles by Billy Joel Album Cover Location

Billy Joel’s “Turnstiles” album cover was shot at the Astor place subway station…

Gold Star Recording Studios

Gold Star Recording Studios

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

Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum

Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum

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

The Ed Sullivan Theater

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…

Leo’s Casino

Leo’s Casino – Otis Redding’s Last Performance Was Here

After his first location burned to the ground, Leo Frank along with his business…

Madonna’s Former Home

When Madonna first moved to New York, this is where she lived…

Columbus Recorders

Columbus Recorders

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

Flaming Lips Alley

Flaming Lips Alley – An Oklahoma City Downtown Alley Named After Them

On December 5, 2006, Oklahoma City honored The Flaming Lips with…

Original Sound Art Laboe

Original Sound

The Strawberry Alarm Clock recorded “Incense and Peppermints” here and the great…

The Trip

Owned by Elmer Valentine, who also owned and operated the nearby Whisky A Go Go…

John F. Kennedy Stadium

John F. Kennedy Stadium – “Live Aid” American Venue And “The Monsters of Rock Festival”

On 13 July 1985, the American version of Live Aid was held here to raise funds…

Jackson Browne Residence

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

Where John Entwistle Died

Where John Entwistle, Bass Player And Singer For “The Who” Died

While staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as the first part of the Who’s…

Jim Morrison's Crash Pad

Jim Morrison’s Crash Pad

This is the building where Jim lived in the summer of 1965. He ate meals…

Barney's Beanery

Barney’s Beanery – Last Place Janis Joplin Partied

A little bit of redneck in Hollywood, it was here that Janis Joplin partied the…

Holy Cross Cemetery

Buried Here – Mark Reale, Founding Member, Guitarist And Songwriter For “Riot”

Mark was a heavy metal guitarist best known for being a founding member…

Sly Stone – John Philips Bel Air Home

This Beverly Hills area mansion that once belonged to John Phillips of The…

Ray Charles Memorial Library

The Ray Charles Memorial Library

The new museum contains seven galleries on the ground floor of a two-story…

Goose Lake International Music Festival

Goose Lake International Music Festival

The Goose Lake International Music Festival was an outdoor rock festival…

KISS Coffeehouse

KISS Coffeehouse

It’s a coffee shop during the day, and a Rock bar at night…

San Francisco Pop Festival

Alameda County Fairgrounds – San Francisco Pop Festival

The San Francisco Pop Festival was held here on Saturday October 26 &…

Cabo Wabo – owned by Sammy Hagar

Located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino…

Oki Dog

Oki Dog – Long Gone Late Night Los Angeles Rock Hangout

Oki became a punk hangout in the late seventies, probably because it was close to the Starwood…

Monterey Regional Airport

Monterey Regional Airport, Near Where John Denver Was Killed

On October 12, 1997, Denver was killed when the aircraft he was piloting crashed just …

The Matrix

The Matrix – First Concert Location For The Jefferson Airplane

The Matrix was opened by Marty Balin in 1965 as a place where his new as yet unnamed…

Bread And Roses Berkeley

William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre

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

Westminster Memorial Park

Memorial Here For Bradley James Nowell, Lead Singer And Guitarist Of Sublime

Bradley was the lead singer and guitarist of Sublime…

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…

Santa Venetia Armory

Santa Venetia Armory

The Santa Venetia Armory, was the National Guard Armory, and a regular…

Lookout Mountain Ave

Lookout Mountain Road

Joni Mitchell was living in this canyon when she wrote the “Ladies Of The Canyons” and “Clouds” albums. Also…

Magnolia Cemetery

Buried Here – Robert Nix, Drummer With The Atlanta Rhythm Section

Robert was the drummer with the Atlanta Rhythm Section. He was also…

FIrst ZZ Top Show

FIrst ZZ Top Show – Knights of Columbus Hall

On Feb. 10, 1970, ZZ Top played their first show with what is their now iconic lineup of Billy Gibbons…

Traveler's Tavern

Traveler’s Tavern Owned By Tim Owens Of Judas Priest

Tim “Ripper” Owens, who was the singer for Judas Priest between 1996 and 2003 owns this tavern…

Woodlawn Memorial Park

Buried Here – Dan Seals, Otis Blackwell

A songwriter best known for writing such classic Rock songs as “All Shook Up”…

Club Renaissance

Club Renaissance

Formerly a jazz club, it became the festival office for the 1967 Monterey International Pop…

The Record Plant

The Record Plant – New York City

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

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…

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…

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino – Elvis married Priscilla here.

Formerly known as The Aladdin, this hotel/casino opened on March 31…

The Summer Jam Poster

Watkins Glen International Racetrack – The Summer Jam

On July 28, 1973 one of the largest rock concerts of all time took place here – The Summer…

The Riverside Hotel

The Riverside Hotel – Where Bessie Smith Died

The Riverside Hotel is where Bessie Smith died in 1937 after her fatal…

Dead Mans Curve

Dead Man’s Curve – Jan Berry had a near-fatal car accident here

The story of “Dead Man’s Curve”, made famous in the Jan & Dean song, ironically…

The Cow Palace

The Cow Palace

The Cow Palace, located in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, hosts well over one…

1968 Newport Pop Festival

Orange County Fairgrounds – 1968 Newport Pop Festival

The Newport Pop Festival was held here the weekend of August 3-4, 1968 with many…

Berry Oakley

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…

Graceland West

Graceland West – Elvis Presley’s Home In Palm Springs

Elvis Presley originally bought the five-bedroom, seven-bath home in 1970…

The Pleasure Chest

The Pleasure Chest – Rubber By The Yard!

Look like your favorite Rock Star. Are you into rubber or just want to look like it? Whips…

John and Tom Fogerty Home

John and Tom Fogerty’s Childhood Home

John and Tom Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival, grew up in…

Kate's Lazy Meadow Motel

Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel, Owned by Kate Pierson of the B-52s

As a member of the rock band, The B-52’s, Kate Pierson has seen it all. She is now …

Beverly Hilton

Beverly Hilton – Where Whitney Houston Died

On February 11, 2012 Whitney Houston was found dead here in room…

Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco

Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco

Rodney Bingenheimer ran this place for a while in the 70’s and early 80’s. He also…