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.

Peppermint Tree

As are many locations in the Bay Area, this location had many persona’s throughout…

9000 Sunset Building – Home Of Music And PR Companies

Once the center of the music industry, this building housed most of LA’s influential…

Madonna’s Former Home

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

Village Music

This was one of the last of the great record stores… remember vinyl? Whenever musicians…

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds – Northern California Folk-Rock Festivals

For many years, the Fairgrounds Grandstand Arena held huge concerts with famous …

Hollywood Bowl Museum & Hall of Fame – Los Angeles California

Founded in 2000, the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame “celebrates those performers…

American Sound Studio – Where Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds”, “In the Ghetto” And “Kentucky Rain” Where Recorded

More than one hundred hit songs were recorded here between its founding in 1967 and its …

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…

Hof Brau Hotel – First Performance Of “Rock Around The Clock”

On April 12, 1954 Bill Haley and the Comets first performed “(We’re Gonna)…

Ike And Tina Turner’s Former Home

The Turner’s lived here throughout much of the 60’s and 70’s…

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…

Stonover Farm – Owned By Rock ‘N Roll Producer Tom Werman

This B&B is owned and operated by Tom Werman, a record producer for the…

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC – The Be-In Music Festival Was Held Here

The Vancouver Be-In held at Stanley Park was a central part of the Canadian…

Colorado Music Hall of Fame In Morrison, Colorado

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame, was created to honor those individuals who…

Where Bob Marley Died

On May 11, 1981 Bob Marley died at the Cedars Medical Center (now know…

Figure 8 by Elliott Smith Album Cover Location In Los Angeles

Elliott Smith was a singer-songwriter that suffered from depression…

Beverly Hilton – Where Whitney Houston Died

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

Paramount Theater

Alan Freed presented live rock shows here including those by artists like Buddy Holly…

Texas Music Museum In Austin Texas

The Texas Music Museum collects and preserves artifacts, documents and…

Pink’s Hot Dogs – Old Phil Spector Hangout

Everybody who has ever loved a good hot dog has been here. A lot of them have their head…

Intercontinental Absurdities – Frank Zappa’s Production Company

Intercontinental Absurdities is the name of Frank Zappa’s production company.

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

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

Dallas International Motor Speedway – Texas International Pop Festival

The Texas International Pop Festival was held here, on Labor Day weekend…

Uncle Charlie’s – Huey Lewis And The News Early Concert Venue

Seemingly just another bar in a suburban shopping center, this is the place that Huey Lewis…

Chelsea Hotel – Sid Vicious Killed His Girlfriend, Nancy Spungen Here

The hotel has an ornate history, both as a birth place of creative modern art and home…

Knott’s John Wayne Theater – Last Everly Brothers Concert

On July 14, 1973 at what was once the John Wayne Theater at the world…

Where Felix Pappalardi Died

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

Skyscraper by David Lee Roth Album Cover Location

The cover of “Skyscraper” shows Diamond Dave scaling Glacier Point in…

Where John Cipollina, Lead Guitar For Quicksilver Messenger Service Died

After a long fought battle with emphysema, John died at Marin General Hospital following …

Incredible Records & CD’s – Once Called “The Best Record Store In America”

Leonard Cohen called this shop “The best record store in the country” and…

San Francisco Art Exchange – Art Created By And About Musicians

One of the best places around to find art either created by Rock and Roll artists or…

Sheraton Gunter Hotel – Robert Johnson Recorded Here

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

Monster Island Recording Studio

Current and past clients include: Chaka Khan, Meshell N’degeocello, Lucy…

Where Chris Cornell Of Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog & Audioslave Died

Chris Cornell, one of the founders of Soundgarden in 1984, died of an apparent suicide on May 17, 2017…

The Alamo Gets Peed On By A Drunk Ozzy Osbourne

In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne was taking part in a tour across the United States…

Sunset Highland Motel – Spirit’s The Family That Plays Together Album Cover Location

If this place could talk! If you were an up-and-coming band in the 60’s and 70’s…

The Rathskeller aka “The Rat” – Former Location

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

Hollywood Mercedes Benz – Where Elvis Bought His Cars

Legend has it that Elvis bought six Mercedes’ for friends from this dealership in Hollywood….

Chess Records Office And Studio – Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry And Willie Dixon Recorded Here

Chess Records was located at several different locations on the south side of Chicago, but this…

De Neve Square Park – Home to Elvis Presley’s Touch Football Games

In the mid 60’s Elvis Presley and his entourage would unwind here on the weekends…

The Uncarved Block – Huge collection Of Grateful Dead Stuff

This may look like just another jewelry/gallery/rock shop, but the location…

Levon Helm Studios – Home Of “The Midnight Ramble Sessions”

Levon was the host of The Midnight Ramble Sessions which was named for the traveling minstrel shows of his youth.

Earth Angel Recording Site

The song was originally recorded by The Penguins as a demo at former big band bassist…

John H. Francis Polytechnic High School

On Thursday, April 8, 1976, The Runaways, an all female band composed of…

Boston Garden – Originally Known As “Boston Madison Square Garden”

The Garden opened on November 17, 1928 and was originally known as …

Theresa’s Stockbridge Cafe, Inspiration For “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” By Arlo Guthrie

This is the original site of Alice’s Restaurant, made famous in Arlo Guthrie’s…

Brian Wilson’s Former Home

At one time, Wilson had the entire home painted purple, probably just to tick…

Tower Records – The Los Angeles Location Of Former Record Store Chain

They used to have an awesome selection of vinyl and CD’s. You could see just about anyone…

Al’s Bar Former Location In Los Angeles California

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

Laurel Canyon – Frank Zappa, The Byrds, Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell

In the 1960s, Laurel Canyon became famous as home to many of L.A.’s top rock musicians…

The Cheetah Club Former Location

The Cheetah was one of the hot places to play if you were an up and coming…

Where Janis Joplin Died

On October 4, 1970 at the age of 27, Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin in room 105 of…

Bard College – Donald Fagen And Walter Becker Met Here

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker met here and after a brief time as staff songwriters at…

The Cobalt Cafe

The Cobalt Cafe was founded by Dave Politi on January 17, 1991. The venue…

Where Tommy Boyce, Songwriter For “The Monkees” & Others Died

Tommy was best known as one of the writers, along with Bobby Hart, of…

Where Mitch Mitchell Of “The Jimi Hendrix Experience” Died

Mitch Mitchell, the drummer who provided the heartbeat of the Jimi Hendrix Experience on rock classics died of…

University of California at Berkeley

UC Berkeley has many famous musical alumni including: Stewart Copeland, Drew Daniel…

The Automatt

In 1978, The Automatt rose out of the ashes of Columbia Records’ old location, and…

“Love Street House” – Where Jim Morrison And Pamela Morrison Lived

The song “Love Street” was written by Jim Morrison about this street off of Laurel…