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:

Bill Haley

Bill Haley’s Home

Bill Haley moved here with his family when he was 7 years old in 1932…

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…

Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home

Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home

Kurt Cobain’s first nine years and his teenage life were spent here. His parents…

Book Soup

Book Soup – Best place to see a musician sign their book.

Book Soup is one of the most popular book stores for celebrity book signings…

The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign – Welcome to Hollyweird

The Sign measures 450 feet long, its letters are 45 feet high, and it’s visible from…

Sunset Sound

Sunset Sound – “The Doors”, “Led Zeppelin II”, “Led Zeppelin IV”, “Beggars Banquet”, “Exile on Main Street”

Recording studios rarely have the kind of history that Sunset Sound has enjoyed. Led Zeppelin…

Shangra-la Recording Studio

Shangra-la Recording Studio

In the early 1970’s Rob Fraboni designed and built the recording studios at…

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…

San Fernando Mission Cemetery

Buried Here – Ritchie Valens, Singer & Songwriter Of “La Bamba”

A true early rock and roll pioneer, his recording career lasted only a few months, during…

Chelsea Hotel

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…

Inglewood Park Cemetery

Buried here – Ray Charles, Billy Preston, Percy Mayfield, Richard Berry, Willie Mae Thornton

Billy collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including The Beatles…

De Neve Square Park

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…

Forest Lawn Cathedral City

Buried Here – John Phillips Of The Mamas And Papas

John was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and promoter. Known as Papa John…

Hotel Knickerbocker

Hotel Knickerbocker – Elvis Presley enjoyed staying here in suite 1016.

Elvis Presley enjoyed staying at the Knickerbocker; in suite 1016. He was here in…

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…

Hejira

Hejira by Joni Mitchell Album Cover Location

The cover for “Hejira” was photographed on Lake Mendota soon after an…

Gem Spa

Gem Spa – New York Dolls First Album Back Cover Location

In 1973 the New York Dolls posed outside for the back cover of their first album…

Beverly Hills Hotel

Beverly Hills Hotel – The Eagles Hotel California

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

Leonard Cohen

Buried Here – Leonard Cohen, Singer, Songwriter, Musician And Poet

Leonard was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and poet. His work mostly explored religion…

Garden of Memories

Buried Here – Gram Parsons, “The Flying Burrito Brothers” & “The Byrds”

Gram recorded as a solo artist and also worked in several bands, including…

Crossroads of the World

Crossroads of the World – Wally Heider Mobile Recording Studio

This is a one-of-a-kind classic Los Angeles landmark…

Murmur Back Cover by R.E.M.

Murmur Back Cover by R.E.M. Album Cover Location

A train trestle in Athens, GA was featured on the back cover of the original…

Pico and Sepulveda

Pico and Sepulveda – by Freddy Martin and his orchestra

Pico and Sepulveda” was originally a 1947 song by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra…

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…

Hybrid Studios

Hybrid Studios – An Orange County, CA Multimedia Production Facility

Hybrid Studios is an Orange County multimedia production facility that features…

The Turkey Joint West

The Turkey Joint West – Early Doors performances here

The Seeds first played here in 1964. The Doors honed their onstage presence…

Desert Memorial Park

Buried Here – Sonny Bono, Half of Sonny & Cher and Frank Sinatra, Chairman Of The Board

Buried here are multiple artists including: Sonny Bono. Famous as one half of Sonny…

The Concord Pavilion

The Concord Pavilion

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

The Riverside Hotel

The Riverside Hotel – Where Bessie Smith Died

The Riverside Hotel is where Bessie Smith died in 1937 after her fatal…

Big Hits by The Rolling Stones

“Big Hits” by The Rolling Stones & “Sounds Of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel Album Cover Location

“Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass)” by the Rolling Stones and Simon and Garfunkel’s…

MTV’s Original Studio

When the channel first launched on August 1, 1981, its original purpose was to play…

Sunset Strip Billboards

Sunset Strip Billboards – The First Doors Album Started It All

Where the entertainment industry advertises to itself. All along the Strip…

Michael Jackson And All Of The Other Jackson’s Childhood Home

This is the place where Michael, Janet, La Toya et. al. were raised…

Soquel Cemetery

Buried Here – Skip Spence of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape

Skip is known for his work with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane…

Pleasant Valley Sunday

Pleasant Valley Way – Inspiration for “Pleasant Valley Sunday”

“Pleasant Valley Sunday” was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King in 1967. Their inspiration for…

Boulder Theater

Boulder Theater

In 1981, the theater was renovated into a state-of-the-art concert hall by…

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame was a dream and goal of the Muscle Shoals Music Association…

Otis Redding

Where Otis Redding Was Killed

On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays…

Miyako Hotel

Miyako Hotel – The Wrap Party For The Last Waltz Was Held Here

After wrapping “The Last Waltz”, the cast and crew repaired to the Garden Bar…

Ry Cooder by Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder by Ry Cooder Album Cover Location

The cover for Ry Cooder’s self-titled album “Ry Cooder” was shot in front…

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Muscle Shoals Sound Studios – First Rhythm Section To Own Its Studio

The Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section was the first rhythm section to own its own studio and, eventually…

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…

GP by Gram Parsons

GP by Gram Parsons Album Cover Location

The cover of Gram Parsons’ album “GP” was shot in the lobby of Chateau…

Black and Blue

Memory Motel and Bar – Immortalized by The Rolling Stones

The Memory Motel and bar was immortalized by The Rolling Stones in the song…

Coconut Teaszer

Coconut Teaszer

This location has a long history as a club, but its longest incarnation was as the Coconut…

The City Club

The City Club – a comprehensive Beatles and John Lennon Collection

The City Club is home to one of the most comprehensive Beatles and John Lennon Collections…

At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash

At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash Album Cover Location

A classic album by Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in May…

The 2 a.m. Club

The 2 a.m. Club, Cover Photo Of Huey Lewis And The News’ Album “Sports”

The 2 AM Club is a popular bar in Mill Valley. It’s best known for being the location of the…

Zolman Cemetery

Buried Here – Dan Peek, A Founding Member Of The Group “America”

Dan was a founding member of America which was formed in 1970…

Allman Brothers Home & Museum

Allman Brothers Home & Museum

In the early 1970s, the Grand Tudor-style mansion here served as the communal hub around which the family…

Great American Music Hall

Great American Music Hall

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

Tim Buckley

Where Tim Buckley Died

Tim Buckley died in the emergency room here at Santa Monica Hospital (now known as…

The Bowery Ballroom

The Bowery Ballroom

A major Rock club located in the Bowery. The club serves as the namesake of Joan…

40 Watt Club

40 Watt Club

The 40 Watt Club has been one of the launching pads for musical groups in the South…

The Winterland Ballroom

The Winterland Ballroom – The Last Waltz

The Winterland Ballroom was an old ice skating rink in San Francisco, it was located…

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…

Springsteen Archive Photo

World’s Largest Bruce Springsteen Archive

Starting in November, 2011 nearly 15,000 documents including newspaper…

Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum

Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum, A Showcase Of Rock N Roll Related Memorabilia

The Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum is a showcase of Rock related memorabilia from the…

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco Album Cover Location

Marina City is a mixed-use residential/commercial building complex occupying…

Rod Price Gravestone

Buried here – Rod Price, Founding Member & Guitar Player For Foghat

Rod was a founding member and guitar player for “Foghat.”…

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…

The Sunset Grill

The Sunset Grill – Made famous by Don Henley

Subject of Don Henley’s ” Sunset Grill” from his “Building The Perfect Beast” album…

Gaslight Square Photo

Gaslight Square

Gaslight Square, which was located in St. Louis from approximately 1957…

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…

Cherokee Recording Studios

Cherokee Recording Studios

In the early 1970’s the Robb brothers founded Cherokee Studios on their ranch…

The Warehouse Poster

Warner Playhouse – The Doors early concert venue.

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

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…

Fame Recording Studios

Fame Recording Studios

Fame has worked in the studio with some of the greatest artists in rock music history. Artists such as…

Prairie Sun Recording Studio

Prairie Sun Recording Studio

Prairie Sun is a ‘One-Stop’ facility comprised of three fully equipped analog…

Memorial Park Cemetery

Buried Here – Leon Russell Who Played With “Delaney & Bonnie & Friends”, “Joe Cocker” And As A Solo Artist

Leon Russell was a musician, songwriter and producer who played with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends…

Woodstock Museum

Woodstock Museum

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

InterContinental Hotel

Where Shannon Hoon, The Singer For “Blind Melon” Died

On October 21, 1995 Shannon Hoon, the singer for Blind Melon died…

Captain Beefheart’s Home

his rustic pad in Woodland Hills was once home to Don van Vliet…

Poster For Shrine Auditorium

Shrine Auditorium Home To The Grammy Awards, The MTV Music Awards & The Emmy Awards

When it was built by the Shriners back in 1906 (and rebuilt in 1920 after a fire) the…

California State University Northridge

California State University Northridge

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

The Trident

The Trident

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

Harvard University

Harvard University

Past students included: Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads)…

Stanley Park – Be-In Music Festival

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

St Mary’s Episcopal Church – Location of the First R.E.M. concert

On April 5, 1980, R.E.M. played their first-ever concert at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Athens.

Highway 61 Revisited

Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan Album Cover Location

Dylan was photographed for Highway 61 Revisited while sitting on a set of…