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.

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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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Where Randy Rhoads Was Killed

Where Randy Rhoads Was Killed In A Plane Crash

On March 19th, 1982 Ozzy Osbourne and his band were on their way to Orlando, FL from…

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University of Southern California

University of Southern California

Rock music attendees and graduates included: Herb Alpert and Mark McGrath…

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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…

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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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Buried Here – William “Bill” Black, Jr., Member Of Elvis Presley’s Back Up Band

Bill was one of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Moon Boys” that backed him on many early…

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El Cerrito High School

El Cerrito High School – Last Place John Fogerty Performed As Creedence

In 1983, Creedence Clearwater Revival (minus Tom Fogerty but with John…

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Summit High School – First Velvet Underground Concert Location

The Velvet Underground made their performing debut here in 1965.

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Fairhaven Memorial Park

Buried here – Leo Fender, Designer Of Guitars & Pam Morrison, Wife And Muse Of Jim Morrison

Leo was an American inventor who founded Fender Musical Instruments Corporation…

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Buried Here – Bill Brown, Jr, Lead Guitar player For the Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Bill was the lead guitar player for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils…

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Geffen Records

Geffen Records – Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Neil Young & Crosby, Stills and Nash

David Geffen, once manager to many of the big names of the sixties, such as Joni Mitchell…

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Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

Buried Here – Johnnie Clyde Johnson & Oliver Sain

Johnnie played piano on many early Chess Records recordings most notably…

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Michigan Palace

Michigan Palace – Last Iggy & The Stooges Concert

Also known as the Michigan Theatre and the Michigan Building, in the 70’s…

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Delaney Bramlett's Home

Delaney Bramlett’s Home

At one time Delaney Bramlett was a regular on the television show Shindig! as…

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The Experience

The Experience

In the late ’60’s, this building had Jimi Hendrix’s head painted on the front and you…

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Jim Morrison's Last U.S. Home

Jim Morrison’s Last U.S. Home

This is where Jim Morrison lived with Pamela Courson before he went to Paris…

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Foster's Freeze

Foster’s Freeze – Mentioned By The Beach Boys in “Fun, Fun, Fun”

The song “Fun,Fun,Fun” by the Beach Boys mentioned a hamburger stand…

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Fillmore East

Fillmore East

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

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Little Richard’s Home

After his early success, Little Richard purchased this home for himself and his mother in…

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Pacific View Memorial Park

Buried Here – Bobby Hatfield Of The Righteous Brothers, Kevin Dubrow, Jeff Hanneman

Bobby was best known as one half of the Righteous Brothers along with Bill Medley…

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Life Without Balloons

Life Without Balloons by The Late Greats Album Cover Location

The mural painted here was by a friend of the band and was used on the…

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Barris Kustom Auto

Barris Kustom Auto – Creator of John Lennon’s famous psychedelic Rolls Royce

George Barris has been known as the “Kustom King” for a long time. He customized…

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Dolby Theatre

Dolby Theatre

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

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Basin C-1100

Where Dennis Wilson Of The Beach Boys Died

Dennis Wilson, of The Beach Boys, died (at age 39) in a drowning accident off a friend’s…

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Denver Center For The Performing Arts

Denver Center For The Performing Arts – First Led Zeppelin U.S. Concert

Led Zeppelin played their first ever U.S. concert here on December 26, 1968. On this tour, Led…

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Van Nuys High School

Van Nuys High School, One Location For The Film “Rock and Roll High School”

This was the location for the 1979 movie, “Rock and Roll High School,” featuring …

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Nicholas Dingley

Where Nicholas Dingley Of “Hanoi Rocks” Died

Mötley Crüe singer/guiter player Vince Neil had been partying at his beach home when he decided…

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Mermaid Avenue by Wilco

Mermaid Avenue by Wilco Album Cover Location

Billy Bragg and Wilco’s “Mermaid Avenue” album cover was shot at Mermaid…

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The Trident

The Trident

After The Rolling Stones great 1972 performances at the Winterland, Bill Graham rented…

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The Turtle’s Home

In 1967, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of The Turtles moved in to this home near the…

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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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The Boarding House

The Boarding House

Besides being one of the premier comedy clubs in San Francisco many a great…

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Venice Beach

Venice Beach – Where Jim Morrison Met Ray Manzarek

In the summer of 1965, Jim Morrison encounters his fellow film school buddy Ray Manzarek on the beach here…

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Pittsburgh Civic Arena

Civic Arena

Also known as Mellon Arena, many large famous rock and pop acts have…

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The Electric Circus

The Electric Circus

From 1967 to September 1971 this funky location hosted many rock legends including The…

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University of Georgia

University of Georgia

Many musicians attended/graduated from the University including:

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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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Poster For Eagles Auditorium

Eagles Auditorium

Built in 1923, Eagles Auditorium’s ballroom hosted decades of fabled shows by acts including …

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Country Inn & Suites

Where Scott Weiland Of “The Stone Temple Pilots” & “Velvet Revolver” Died

Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and…

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NRG Recording Services

NRG Recording Services

One of the premier recording studios in Los Angeles. NRG is fully equipped to accommodate…

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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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Ricky Nelson Picture

Where Ricky Nelson Died

On December 31, 1985, Ricky Nelson and his band died when his private plane crash landed…

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Peter Tork's Home

Peter Tork’s Home

This home was once owned by Peter Tork of The Monkees…

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Cedar Hill Cemetery

Buried Here – Eric Carr Of KISS

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

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MacArthur Park

MacArthur Park – Don’t leave your cake out in the rain here

Yes there really is a MacArthur Park, whether it’s melting in the dark or not…

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Buried Here – Thomas Michael Caldwell, Toy T. Caldwell

He was the bass guitar player and leader of the “Marshall Tucker Band”…

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Ray Charles Boyhood Home

Ray Charles Boyhood Home

Ray Charles was born on September 23, 1930 in Georgia and spent his youth in Greenville, FL…

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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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Graceland West

Graceland West – Elvis Presley’s Home In Palm Springs

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

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Skyscraper Album Cover

Skyscraper by David Lee Roth Album Cover Location

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

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Ozzy Osbourne's Home

Ozzy Osbourne’s Home in Hidden Hills

This was one of many L.A. area homes that Ozzy and Sharon owned, but don’t…

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Nashville Skyline

Nashville Skyline by Bob Dylan Album Cover Location

The cover for Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline ” was taken just outside of Dylan’s…

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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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After The Gold Rush

After The Gold Rush by Neil Young Album Cover Location

The cover of Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush was shot as he was walking…

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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…

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St. Dominics Preview by Van Morrison

Pacific High Studios

In 1969 the Grateful Dead recorded the masterwork “Workingman’s Dead” here. Other…

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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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The Record Plant Studios

The Record Plant, Sausalito – Some Of The Greatest Albums Of All Time Were Recorded Here

Boy does this place have a history, some of the greatest albums of all time were recorded here…

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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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Paramount Theater

Paramount Theater

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

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Shannon Hoon's Gravesite

Buried Here – Shannon Hoon, Lead Singer Of “Blind Melon”

Shannon was the lead singer of Blind Melon…

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Hanover House Hotel

Hanover House Hotel – This Land is Your Land

Hanover House, was an inexpensive hotel for transients located on the…

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Memorial Park

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

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

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Live at the Apollo

Live at the Apollo by James Brown Album Cover Location

James Brown’s “Live at the Apollo” was recorded at the Apollo Theater…

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Chess Records

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…

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Fillmore Records

Fillmore Records

Cold Blood was one of the first rock groups to be signed by Bill Graham’s Fillmore…

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Buried here – Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Chris Cornell, Charlie Allen, Bianca Halstead

Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone who were not actually related as all members of the band…

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Cotton Bowl Stadium

The Cotton Bowl Stadium – First Crossroads Guitar Festival Held Here

The first Crossroads Guitar Festival was held at the Cotton Bowl from…

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War Memorial Opera House

War Memorial Opera House

Besides being an historic location because Japan signed the final articles of surrender…

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Live Bullet by Bob Seger

Live Bullet by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band Album Cover Location

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band would pack Cobo Arena long before they…

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The Aquarius Theatre

The Aquarius Theatre – Parts Of The Doors Album “Absolutely Live” Recorded Here

How many lives can one building have? Opened in 1938, by the time the 60’s rolled around…

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The Rail Club

Where Mike Scaccia Of “Ministry” And “Rigor Mortis” Died

On Saturday, December 22, 2012, Mike Scaccia, the guitarist for Ministry…

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Buried Here – Prentiss Barnes, Bass Player For “The Moonglows”

He was the bass player for the popular rhythm and blues group, The Moonglows…

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Les Paul’s Home

Les Paul and his wife Mary Ford lived here in the 40’s and 50’s and in the garage…

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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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Hollywood Bowl Museum & Hall of Fame

Hollywood Bowl Museum & Hall of Fame

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

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Keystone Berkeley

Keystone Berkeley – Creedence Clearwater Revival Played Their First Gig Here

Creedence Clearwater Revival played their first gig here when it was called New…

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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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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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Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum offers a shared experience of the history of musical instruments…

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