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:

Music City Walk of Fame

Music City Walk of Fame

The Music City Walk of Fame on Nashville’s Music Mile is a landmark tribute to those from all…

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Musician Union Hall Local 47 Building

Musician Union Hall Local 47 – Gotta join if you want to work in L.A.

This is where you go when music is your livelihood. Whether you’re a superstar or play the…

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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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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…

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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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The Brill Building

The Brill Building – Where Many Classic Rock And Pop Songs Were Born

The Brill Building is home to some of the most important music offices in Manhattan..

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Raffaello Hotel

Where Mikey Welsh Of “Weezer” Died

On October 8, 2011, Mikey Welsh, the former bassist for Weezer, was found…

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Woodlawn Memorial Park

Buried Here – Dan Seals, Otis Blackwell

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

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HofBrau Hotel

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

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

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The Whisky

The Whisky A Go Go, The Byrds And The Doors Played Here Early In Their Careers

More rock and roll history has taken place in this one building than in most…

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Cafe Bizarre

Cafe Bizarre – Where Andy Warhol Discovered “The Velvet Underground”

This is the club where Andy Warhol discovered The Velvet Underground…

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Miami-Hollywood Motorsports Park- Miami Rock Festival, 1969

The Miami Rock Festival of December, 1969, drew thousands here to what…

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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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Caribou Ranch

Caribou Ranch Recording Studio – Built By Producer Of Chicago & Blood Sweat & Tears, James William Guercio

Caribou Ranch was a recording studio built by producer James William Guercio in 1972 …

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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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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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Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

Atlantic was founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson and was originally conceived…

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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

The Coliseum has held numerous rock concerts, including five sold-out nights of…

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University of Miami Hospital

Where Bob Marley Died

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

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Altamont Motorsports Park

Altamont Motorsports Park

On December 6, 1969 The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young…

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Joni Mitchell's Home

Joni Mitchell’s First New York Home

When Joni Mitchell moved to New York in 1967, she rented a second floor…

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Jacksonville Memory Gardens

Buried Here – Cassie Gaines, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines

Cassie sang background vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Steve was the guitarist …

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I Flathead

I, Flathead by Ry Cooder Album Cover Location

The cover for “I, Flathead” was taken on the salt flats at Bonneville Salt…

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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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Kurt Cobain Home

The Home Where Kurt Cobain Of “Nirvana” Killed Himself

On April 8, 1994 Kurt Cobain took his life here.

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New Park Cemetery

Buried Here – Carl Lee Cunningham, Phalon Jones, Jimmie King Of The Bar-Kays

All three were members of “The Bar-Kays.” Otis Redding chose them as his backing…

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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…

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Rose Hill Cemetery

Buried Here – Duane Allman, Berry Oakley Of The “Allman Brothers Band”

She was immortalized in the Allman Brothers song “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”…

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Duane Allmann

Where Duane Allman Of “The Allman Brothers Band” Died

On October 29, 1971, Duane Allman was traveling west on Hillcrest Ave. As he entered the…

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Monster Island Records

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

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Rod's Hickory Pit

Rod’s Hickory Pit – Green Day’s First Live Performance

This was a roadside diner where Green Day played their first gig on October 17, 1987…

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Andaz West Hollywood

Hyatt On Sunset- The Riot House

A.K.A “The Riot House” it is now called Andaz West Hollywood. The Hyatt West…

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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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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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Cornell University

Cornell University

Some of the many musicians that studied at Cornell include: Harry Chapin…

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Valley Music Theater Woodland_Hills,_California

Valley Music Center

Many rock bands played here in the 60’s and 70’s including but not limited to: The Doors…

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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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The Womb

The Womb Arts Complex, Founded By Wayne Coyne Of The Flaming Lips

The Womb arts complex is the brainchild of Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. Coyne co-started…

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8BC

Named for its location, this was one of the most critically acclaimed venues that sprung…

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Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau Miami Beach – Sinatra Welcomes Elvis Home

Opened in 1954, the Fontainebleau was once considered the most luxurious…

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Ontario Motor Speedway

Ontario Motor Speedway – Home Of Cal Jam I And Cal Jam II

The speedway was host to both the California Jam (Cal Jam) I concert in 1974 and…

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George Washington Memorial Park

Buried Here – Marvin Isley Of The Isley Brothers, Luther Vandross

Buried here are multiple artists including: Luther Vandross, he became famous for…

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Nipmuc Regional High School – Aerosmith First Concert In Front Of A Live Audience

On November 6, 1970 Aerosmith performed their first concert in front…

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Bob Dylan’s Boyhood Home

Bob Dylan was raised in this home, a two story, wood framed, flat roofed, stucco house and an…

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Basin Street West

Basin Street West

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

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Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden – The Song Remains The Same Filmed Here

Billing itself as “The World’s Most Famous Arena” this has been home to many…

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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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Wild Honey

Wild Honey by The Beach Boys Album Cover Location

The cover of “Wild Honey” was a photo of one of the stained glass windows…

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National Music Museum

National Music Museum

Often referred to as the “Musical Smithsonian”, the museum was founded in 1973 and is one…

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The Fillmore Auditorium

The Fillmore Auditorium

The Fillmore Auditorium is a legendary music venue in San Francisco made famous…

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The Warehouse Poster

Warner Playhouse – The Doors early concert venue.

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

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Warner Brothers Studios

Warner Brothers Studios, “Wish You Were Here” Album Cover Location

Pink Floyd’s 1975 “Wish You Where Here” album cover was shot here. And yes, that…

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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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Figure 8 by Elliott Smith

Figure 8 by Elliott Smith Album Cover Location

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

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Billy Corgan’s Former Home

Billy bought this home in 1993, and was forced to add an iron fence…

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Buddy Holly Center

Buddy Holly Center

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

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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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Bimbo's 365 Club

Bimbo’s 365 Club

Lines of long-stemmed chorus girls kicked high to the music when this club first opened…

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Curtis Hixon Hall

Curtis Hixon Hall – Duane Allman & Derek and the Dominos

A lot of performers played here over the years as it was the primary Tampa…

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Too Long in Exile by Van Morrison

Too Long in Exile by Van Morrison Album Cover Location

The street shot on the cover of “Too Long in Exile” was taken by Berenice…

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Texas Music Museum

Texas Music Museum

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

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UCLA Medical Center

Where June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters Died

June Pointer died from the complications of cancer at the UCLA Medical Center in…

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RCA Studios – New York

In 1955, RCA purchased the recording contract of Elvis Presley from Sun Records for…

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Desolation Boulevard by The Sweet

Desolation Boulevard by The Sweet Album Cover Location

The cover of The Sweet’s “Desolation Boulevard” album shows them superimposed…

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Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

Buried Here – John Panozzo, Drummer And Founding Member of “Styx”

John was the drummer and a founding member of Styx…

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Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery

Buried Here – Sterling Morrison, Founding Member Of The “Velvet Underground”

Sterling was a founding member and rhythm guitarist for the “Velvet Underground”. He died…

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Dry Fork Cemetery

Buried Here – Mark Dinning, Jean Dinning, Singer & Writer of “Teen Angel”

Mark’s fame was as the singer of the 1959 hit “Teen Angel.”, Jean, sister of…

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Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery

Buried Here – Paul Williams, Original Member Of The Temptations

Paul was an original member of The Temptations and was their original…

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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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Lucy's El Adobe

Lucy’s El Adobe – Hangout for The Eagles and Linda Rondstadt

Directly across from the Paramount lot, was this hangout for rock and roll celebrities…

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Juilliard School

Juilliard School

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

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The Forum

The Forum

Formerly The Great Western Forum, it had seating for over 17,000 people, The Great Western…

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California State University Long Beach

California State University Long Beach

Karen Carpenter, Richard Carpenter, Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley…

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Eddie Kendrick

Buried Here – Eddie Kendricks, A Lead Singer Of “The Temptations”

Kendrick was one of the original members of The Temptations…

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Original Sound Art Laboe

Original Sound

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

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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…

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Jim Croce Memorial Plaque

Where Jim Croce was killed

On September 20, 1973, Jim Croce and five other people were killed when their small…

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Marin General Hospital

John Cipollina, Lead Guitar For Quicksilver Messenger Service Died Here

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

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Topanga Canyon

Topanga Canyon

This canyon begins its North end in the San Fernando Valley and ends at the Pacific Ocean. Throughout its length…

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