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:

Weaver D's

Weaver D’s Delicious Fine Food – R.E.M. album Automatic for the People named for this place

The slogan for this restaurant is “Delicious Fine Foods – Automatic for the People” which …

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Time Capsule by The B-52's

Time Capsule by The B-52’s Album Cover Location

The cover for The B-52’s album “Time Capsule” was shot at The Unisphere in Queens…

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Gardner Street Elementary School

Gardner Street Elementary School – Michael Jackson went to school here.

Michael Jackson went to school here. In 1989 the school district named the school…

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Lights...Camera...Revolution!

Lights…Camera…Revolution! by Suicidal Tendencies Album Cover Location

The album cover for Suicidal Tendencies’ “Lights…Camera…Revolution!” was…

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Aerosmith

Aerosmith Home

Between 1970 and 1972 the six members of Aerosmith lived here. They penned…

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Rhythm Discovery Center

Rhythm! Discovery Center, A Collection of Rare & Unique Percussion Instruments

Drawing upon diverse cultures, the museum offers an incomparable experience…

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New York University

While a student here, in dorm room 203 of the Weinstein Residence Hall, Rick Rubin…

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The SkyBar

The SkyBar – Long popular with Rock and Rollers

Leonardo DiCaprio has stayed in a penthouse suite at the Mondrian Hotel for a weekend…

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Long Island Arena Concert

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…

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Hungry i

Hungry i

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

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BMG Records

BMG Records – RCA Records

Previously the home of RCA Records, it was the west coast home of the German…

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buddy Holly Crash Site

The Plane Crash Site Where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & Big Bopper Died

Following a performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, on February 2…

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Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music

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

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Valley Oaks Memorial Park

Buried Here – Harry Nilsson, Karen Carpenter & Marty Paich

Harry reached the peak of his success as a singer in the mid 1970s with such songs as “Without You”, …

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Stanley Theatre

Stanley Theatre – Last Bob Marley Concert

The Stanley Theatre, now known as The Benedum Center for the Performing…

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Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles City College has had its share of famous alumni including…

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Las Vegas Convention Center Silver Dome

Las Vegas Convention Center – Second ever Beatles concert in U.S.

The Beatles played here for their second ever U.S. gig in a former…

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Somers Center Cemetery

Buried here – Gene Pitney – Singer Of “A Town Without Pity”

Gene is best remembered for his memorable recordings of such songs as, “A Town

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Trout Mask Replica

Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Album Cover Location

The back cover for “Trout Mask Replica ” was shot here…

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The Band by The Band

The Band by The Band Album Cover Location

The cover for The Band’s self-titled album was shot near Rick Danko’s home on…

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Back to Oakland by Tower of Power

Back to Oakland by Tower of Power Album Cover Location

Before it was destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. there used to be an…

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The Country Club

The Country Club

This site, which first opened in 1974, had been up and down constantly since its inception…

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Atlantic City Race Track

Atlantic City Race Track – Atlantic City Pop Festival

The Atlantic City Pop Festival took place at the Atlantic City Race Track on…

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Douglass Pioneer Cemetery

Buried Here – Kent Henry, Guitar Player For “Blues Image”

Kent was a member of Blues Image which was best known for their hit “Ride…

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Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall – Last concert performance of R.E.M.

Designed by architect William Burnet Tuthill and built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891…

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Freeman Coliseum Picture

Freeman Coliseum – Rolling Stones Booed At First Ever Texas Show

On June 5th through June 14th 1964 the Coliseum hosted the “Teen Fair of Texas” that featured…

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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…

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The Trip

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

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Great American Music Hall

Great American Music Hall

San Francisco’s oldest and grandest nightclub opened in 1907 after the 1906 earthquake…

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Oshawa Civic Auditorium

Oshawa Civic Auditorium

On April 22, 1979, the Auditorium hosted two benefit concerts for the…

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Hollywood Professional School

Hollywood Professional School

This was a high school for kids in show business. Many famous actors and musicians and…

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Eastside Sound

Current and past clients include: Les Paul, Sting, Laurie Anderson, Peter Frampton…

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Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen Community Restaurant – owned by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation

Soul Kitchen is a program of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. The…

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The Bandshell

The Bandshell at Golden Gate Park

Officially known as the “Spreckels Temple of Music”, it is located between the Steinhart…

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Waiting for the Sun

Waiting for the Sun by The Doors Album Cover Location

The cover shot of the album “Waiting for the Sun” by The Doors was…

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Rancho Olompali

Rancho Olompali – 1966 Summer Home Of The Grateful Dead

Just off Highway 101 in Novato, Rancho Olompali was where the Grateful Dead had…

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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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The Berkeley Square

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

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The Rainbow Bar & Grill

The Rainbow Bar & Grill, A Rock N Roll Hang Out And Institution

Originally meant to serve record execs across the street in the 9000 Sunset building…

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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…

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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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The Captain and Me

The Captain and Me by The Doobie Brothers Album Cover Location

A portion of Interstate 5 collapsed during the 1971 San Fernando Valley earthquake…

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Liberty Records

Liberty Records

Eddie Cochran, Jan and Dean and The Chipmunks were on Liberty. The Chipmunks were…

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Washington Square Hotel

Washington Square Hotel – Home Base For Traveling Musicians Visiting New York

This hotel has been a haven for writers and artists for more than a century…

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Quality Inn

Where Richard Manuel Of “The Band” Died

On March 3, 1986, The Band played a concert at the Cheek to Cheek Lounge…

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Dog In The Sand by Frank Black

Dog In The Sand by Frank Black Album Cover Location

The Sutro Bath ruins was the location of the album cover for Frank Black’s…

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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…

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Club Lingerie

Club Lingerie

Once a very popular club site for the late-night set. Don’t blink when you drive by as…

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The Kids Are Alright

The Kids Are Alright by The Who Album Cover Location

The Who got comfy underneath a British flag for the cover of “The Kids…

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Ozzy Osbourne’s Home

Ozzy Osbourne’s Home Featured On Their MTV Show

Ozzy and his family lived here in the 90’s and early 00’s.

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Don Cornelius

Where Don Cornelius, Creator And Host Of ” Soul Train” Died

On the morning of February 1, 2012, police discovered the body of “Soul…

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KLOS-FM

KLOS-FM – World famous L.A. FM radio station

This long time rock and roll FM station is still going strong. Three of the more famous…

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Carole King's Home

Carole King’s Home

Carole King purchased this home in the late 1960’s. This home is where the picture…

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Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn – Where Jani Lane of “Warrant” Died

Jani Lane was the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant.

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The Peppermint Lounge

The Peppermint Lounge opened in 1958, this was the “hip” place to be in the…

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Da Capo by Love

Album Cover Location For Both “Da Capo” and “Love” By Love

The covers for “Da Capo” and “Love” by the L.A. band Love where shot at the one…

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Mudd Club

Mudd Club – “This Ain’t No Mudd Club Or CBGBs”

The Mudd Club opened in 1978 and very quickly became a hot late night…

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Ozzie and Harriet Home

Ricky Nelson’s Boyhood Home

This is the home that Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson lived in until the time…

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The Troubadour

The Troubadour – Elton John’s first ever U.S. show.

Born as a coffeehouse in the fifties and boomed with folk music in the early sixties…

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Cass Elliot’s Home

This was the last residence owned and lived in by Cass Elliot…

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San Luis Cemetery

Buried Here – Ernie Ball, A Pioneer Maker Of Rock ‘n’ Roll Guitar Strings

Ernie was a pioneer maker of rock ‘n’ roll guitar strings used by legions of artists…

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Saint Gertrudes Roman Catholic Cemetery

Buried Here – Don Ciccone Of “The Four Seasons” & “Tommy James and The Shondells”

Don was the frontman, guitar player and lead singer for “The Critters”. They had a Top 20 hit on the…

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Savoy-Tivoli

Savoy-Tivoli

In 1976, in a back room here, many great or soon to be great attractions played here…

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Varsity Stadium

Varsity Stadium – Rock ‘n Roll Revival Concert

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

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Terrace Ballroom

Terrace Ballroom

During the 1930’s, it was called “Coconut Grove”. Its name was changed in the…

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University of California at Berkeley

University of California at Berkeley

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

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but the annex to the Cleveland based…

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Forest Lawn Glendale

Buried Here – Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, Mary Wells, Terry Kath, Nat King Cole

Michael was a true superstar singer/songwriter. What else can you say? Johnny Burnette…

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NBC Studios, New York

NBC Studios, New York – Home to Saturday Night Live

Broadcast from Studio 8H at NBC’s headquarters in the GE Building, Saturday…

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Holy Cross Cemetery

Buried here – Darby Crash, Bobby Day, Spike Jones

Darby was most famous for co-founding The Germs., Bobby Day Bobby was a musician/…

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Commonly referred to as the “Kennedy Center”, it is the busiest performing arts facility in the…

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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

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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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Joey Ramone’s Former Home

This apartment building was once the home to the Ramone’s lead singer, Joey…

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Greetings From Asbury Park N.J.

Greetings From Asbury Park N.J. by Bruce Springsteen Album Cover Location

Springsteen used a greeting card type of graphic to highlight Asbury…

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Darby Crash

Where Darby Crash of The Germs Died

On December 7, 1980 Darby Crash, the lead singer of The Germs, overdosed on…

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Woodstock Museum

Woodstock Museum

The purposes for Woodstock Museum is to gather, display, disseminate and…

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Haym Salomon Memorial Park

Buried Here – Jim Croce, Singer And Songwriter Of “Time in a Bottle”

Between 1960 and 1973, Croce released six studio albums and eleven singles…

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Graceland

Graceland – Home, Death Site and Grave Site of Elvis Presley

This was Elvis’ home and where he died on August 16, 1977. It is also…

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The Onion

The Onion, Location Of Los Angeles Acid Test In 1966

The Grateful Dead played here in early 1966 as part of the Acid Test series…

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