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:

Media Sound

Once a baptist church, this was the location where John Lennon recorded “Walls and Bridges”…

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Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater – James Brown’s “Live at the Apollo” Recorded Here

This is one of the most famous clubs in the country, if not the world. The Apollo was…

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Westminster Memorial Park

Buried Here – Bob McBride, Singer For “Lighthouse”

Bob was the vocalist of the Canadian rock band, ‘Lighthouse.’ He died…

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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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Woodstock Museum

Woodstock Museum

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

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Rick James

Where Rick James Died

On the morning of August 6, 2004, Rick James was found dead in his home by his…

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The Concord Pavilion

The Concord Pavilion

The Sleep Train Pavilion (formerly known as the Concord Pavilion and then the…

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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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Muddy Waters

Where Muddy Waters Died

On April 30, 1983, the great Muddy Waters suffered a fatal heart attack at the Good Samaritan…

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Garden of Allah

Garden of Allah – They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot

A fabled apartment/hotel that welcomed transient show business guests from 1935…

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Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

The Civic hosted some of the coolest concerts of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Such greats as…

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The Avalon – First Smashing Pumpkins Gig

The Smashing Pumpkins played their first ever club gig here. It’s now a…

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Ronnie Hammond

Buried Here – Ronnie Hammond, Lead Singer Of The Atlanta Rhythm Section

Ronnie was the lead singer of the Atlanta Rhythm Section…

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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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Beverly Hills Hotel

Beverly Hills Hotel – The Eagles Hotel California

Although famous as the temporary residence of movie stars and kings, it is also…

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Mountain View Cemetery

Buried Here – Randy Rhoads, Guitar Player With Ozzy Osbourne And Quiet Riot

Randy played guitar with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot…

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Studio Paradiso

Studio Paradiso

Located in The Mosser Hotel, the Studio Paradiso is the place where traveling musicians going to…

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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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California State University Northridge

California State University Northridge

Due to its location in the heart of the San Fernando Valley and its proximity…

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Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields – Dedicated To The Memory Of John Lennon

This is a landscaped section in New York City’s Central Park that is dedicated to the…

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Second Atlanta International Pop Festival

Middle Georgia Raceway – Second Atlanta International Pop Festival

The second Atlanta International Pop Festival was a rock festival held in…

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The Langham

Carly Simon And James Taylor’s New York Home

Carly Simon married James Taylor in 1972 and they divorced in 1983, during that time…

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Pamela Courson

Where Pamela Courson, Wife And Muse Of Jim Morrison Died

Jim Morrison’s girlfriend Pam Courson overdosed on heroin here on April 25…

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Where Felix Pappalardi died

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

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Aberdeen High Scool

Aberdeen High School

Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana attended high school here…

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Album 1700 by Peter, Paul and Mary

Album 1700 by Peter, Paul and Mary Album Cover Location

The 30’s era gangster pic used on the front of “Album 1700” was shot at…

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Al’s Bar

Al’s Bar

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

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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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Sunset Highland Motel

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…

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The Ballard Firehouse

The Ballard Firehouse

This converted fire station became a venue for many bands. The Kinks The Fixx…

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Crestlawn Cemetery

Buried Here – R.J. Vealey, Drummer For The “Atlanta Rhythm Section”

Ray was a respected studio musician and was the drummer for Roy Orbison’s…

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The Mansion

The Mansion Recording Studio And Residence Owned By Rick Rubin

This 10-bedroom villa built in 1923 has a long history including being the one-time home of Errol Flynn.

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Cub Coda Grave Picture

Buried Here – Michael “Cub” Koda, Lead Singer & Guitarist For Brownsville Station

Cub was the lead singer and guitarist of Brownsville Station…

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The Venetian Room

The Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel

Besides being the first place that Tony Bennett unveiled his classic “I left my heart in…

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The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby

The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby And The Range Album Cover Location

The background image of this album shows the Chesapeake Bay Bridge…

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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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Nob Hill Hotel

Nob Hill Hotel – Rock Star’s Home Away From Home

The Nob Hill is a 56 room boutique hotel in the affluent Nob Hill district of…

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Have You Seen Your Mother Baby

Have You Seen Your Mother Baby by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones released a single of “Have You Seen Your Mother Baby (Standing In…

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Mount Calvary Cemetery

Buried Here – Randy Castillo, Drummer For Ozzy Osbourne And Mötley Crüe

Randy was the drummer for Ozzy Osbourne from 1985-1993. He then…

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John and Yokos First New York Home

John & Yoko’s First New York Home

When John Lennon and Yoko Ono first moved to New York in 1971 they…

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Journey's Former Headquarters

Journey’s Former Headquarters

After their monster album “Escape” made Journey a gazillion dollars, they purchased…

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Criteria Studios – Derek & the Dominoes “Layla”, Eric Clapton’s “461 Ocean Blvd”, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” Recorded Here

Many classic recordings were made here including James Brown’s “I Feel Good”, Aretha Franklin’s…

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Eddie Hazel

Buried Here – Eddie Hazel, Founding Member Of “Parliament/Funkadelic”

Eddie was a charter member of “Parliament/Funkadelic”. He was also voted as…

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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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Club Renaissance

Club Renaissance

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

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Stanley Park – Be-In Music Festival

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

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San Francisco Pop Festival

Alameda County Fairgrounds – San Francisco Pop Festival

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

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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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Thunder Roadhouse

Thunder Roadhouse

A group of Rock and Roll investors has bankrolled a restaurant/motorcycle shop straight…

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Adam Yauch Park

Adam Yauch Park – Dedicated To A Founder Of The Beastie Boys

Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn Heights was officially rechristened Adam Yauch Park on May 3, 2013…

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Oconee Hill Cemetery

Buried Here – Ricky Wilson, Guitarist And Founding Member Of “The B-52s”

Ricky was best known as the original guitarist and founding member of…

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2400 Fulton Street by The Jefferson Airplane

2400 Fulton Street by The Jefferson Airplane Album Cover Location

This is the location and name of the great double album by Jefferson Airplane…

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The Cheetah Club

The Cheetah Club

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

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Sunset Marquis Hotel

Sunset Marquis Hotel – The Whisky Bar

The Sunset Marquis Hotel has been known as a hangout for rock musicians. It…

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WDIA – AM 1070

WDIA – AM 1070 – First U.S. Radio Station Programmed & Staffed By African-Americans

In 1962 WDIA became the first U.S. radio station programmed by African…

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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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Dick Clark Productions

Dick Clark Productions

Dick Clark is best remembered as the host of American Bandstand. He went on to…

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El Paseo Patio Seating

El Paseo Restaurant In Mill Valley, CA – Part Owned By Sammy Hagar

El Patio was originally opened in 1948, the restaurant was recently purchased by Rock…

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The Record Plant

The Record Plant – New York City

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

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City Auditorium

City Auditorium – Where Johnny Ace Died

Johnny Ace was a successful R&B singer with several hits including…

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Pyrenees Castle

Pyrenees Castle – Phil Spector’s Home Before Going To Jail

Phil Spector was a legend in rock & roll, he created the “Wall of Sound” made famous on hit records…

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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…

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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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Henry Rollins’ Home

Henry Rollins lived here for a short time in the 1980’s…

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Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont – Jim Morrison Lived Here

If discretion, location and luxury is what a rock star needs, they usually find it at the…

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Amoeba Music Hollywood

Amoeba Music

The Los Angeles location is a massive store filled with thousands of records, cds and dvds…

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The Ramones

Ramones Way in Forest Hills, New York. Renamed after the Ramones

On October 23, 2016 a street in Forest Hills, New York was renamed after the Ramones and called…

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The Ed Sullivan Theater

The Ed Sullivan Theater

On September 9, 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show…

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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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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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Ray Charles Memorial Library

The Ray Charles Memorial Library

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

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King Records

King Records – Every Song James Brown Made From 1956 To 1971 Was Recorded Here

Hank Ballard recorded the original “Twist” here and every song James Brown…

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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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Peppermint Tree

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

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Where Jam Master Jay was killed

DJ Jam Master Jay was shot and killed while working at a recording studio in Jamaica, Queens…

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Sylvia’s Soul Food – Before And After Hangout For The Apollo Theater

A local favorite, Sylvia’s has also been known to have many famous customers due to…

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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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The Cramps’ Home

The founders of The Cramps, Lux Interior and Poison Ivy lived in an upstairs apartment…

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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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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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