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:

The Replacement’s House

Bob and Tommy Stinson of the Replacements lived here. The basement of this house is …

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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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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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Hybrid Studios

Hybrid Studios – An Orange County, CA Multimedia Production Facility

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

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Bard College

Bard College – Donald Fagen And Walter Becker Met Here

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker met here and after a brief time as staff songwriters at…

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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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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…

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Where Mitch Mitchell Of “The Jimi Hendrix Experience” Died

Mitch Mitchell, the drummer who provided the heartbeat of the Jimi Hendrix Experience on rock classics died of…

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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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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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Natural Fudge Cafe

Natural Fudge Cafe

This was one of the many venues that up and coming acts would use to hone…

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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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J. P. Big Bopper Richardson Grave Stone

Buried Here – J. P. “Big Bopper” Richardson

The Big Bopper is best remembered for his song “Chantilly Lace” and for…

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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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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…

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Conway Recording Studios

Conway Recording Studios

Conway has been nominated for many awards of technical and creative…

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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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Joshua Tree Inn

Where Gram Parsons Of “The Flying Burrito Brothers” & “The Byrds” Died

on September 18, 1973, in room 8 at the Joshua Tree Inn, Gram Parsons died…

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Back In Town by The Kingston Trio

Back In Town by The Kingston Trio Album Cover Location

The Kingston Trio’s live album “Back In Town” was photographed at this intersection…

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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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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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Westwood Memorial Park

Buried here – Frank Zappa, Roy Orbison, Carl Wilson, Minnie Ripperton

Carl Wilson He was a founding member, lead guitarist and sometime lead vocalist of The Beach Boys…

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Arhoolie Records

Arhoolie Records And The Arhoolie Foundation, Preserving Vernacular Culture

Since 1960, Chris Strachwitz travelled around the U.S. recording and filming native music styles from Delta Blues…

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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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Riverside Memorial Park

Buried Here – Leon Wilkeson, Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant Of “Lynyrd Skynyrd”

Leon was the bass guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd. He survived the plane crash…

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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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The Edgewater Hotel

The Edgewater Hotel – The Beatles stayed here in 1964

This hotel of choice for many ’60s and ’70s rock stars extends over Elliott Bay…

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Jimi Hendrix Home

Jimi Hendrix Boyhood Home

This used to be the location of low rent housing for Navy families. It is now owned by the Berkeley…

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Floral Hills Memory Gardens

Buried Here – Rhett W. Forrester, Lead Singer For “Riot”

Rhett was a member of the rock group Riot…

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Cold Spring Harbor by Billy Joel

Cold Spring Harbor by Billy Joel Album Cover Location

The cover for Billy Joel’s “Cold Spring Harbor ” was shot here…

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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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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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1987 U2 Rooftop Concert

1987 U2 Rooftop Concert Location Of “Where The Streets Have No Name” Video

In 1987 U2 recorded the video for “Where the Streets Have No Name” on this…

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The Bowery Ballroom

The Bowery Ballroom

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

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The Dakota

Where John Lennon was killed

On December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon just outside…

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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…

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Upper Darby High School

Strangely enough, this small high school had two famous attendees….

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The Sweetwater

The Sweetwater

The Sweetwater is the legendary Mill Valley music club which for over 30 years has been the…

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Manassas by Stephen Stills

Manassas by Stephen Stills Album Cover Location

The cover of Stephen Stills classic album was shot at the Manassas AmTrak…

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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…

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Soldier Field

Soldier Field – Last Grateful Dead Concerts with Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead played their last concerts here on July 8th and 9th before the death of…

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Paul's Boutique

Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys Album Cover Location

The cover of the Beastie Boys’ 1989 album “Paul’s Boutique” was shot here…

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Great Stage Park – Home of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Great Stage Park is the home to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival…

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Morrison Hotel Album Cover

Morrison Hotel by The Doors Album Cover Location

The Original Hard Rock Cafe is where The Doors’ “Morrison Hotel” album…

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Avondale Cemetery

Buried Here – Richard Manuel, Keyboardist And Singer For “The Band”

Richard was an original member of “The Band” and is remembered for his…

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Grand Olympic Auditorium

Grand Olympic Auditorium

Originally built for the 1932 Summer Olympic Games, this venue has seen its share of…

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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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Pink Floyd At LA Memorial

Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena – Los Angeles Pop Festival

The Los Angeles Pop Festival was held here on December 22 and 23…

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ABC Television Center

ABC Television Center

Many great and memorable television shows have been produced here including…

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Live at the Harlem Square Club

Live at the Harlem Square Club by Sam Cooke Album Cover Location

In 1963 Sam Cooke recorded what is regarded as one of the greatest ever…

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Silk Degrees

Silk Degrees by Boz Scaggs Album Cover Location

The cover of Boz Scaggs 1976 album Silk Degrees was taken at Casino Point…

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Gibson Amphitheater

Gibson Amphitheater

Formerly the Universal Amphitheater, this longtime venue has been a rock and roll landmark…

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Home of the Watts Acid Test

Youth Opportunities Center – Home of the Watts Acid Test

On February 12, 1966 the Watts Acid Test was held here. You can read more about it in Tom…

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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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The Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera House

In 1970, for two nights, The Who performed some of the first ever live performances…

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Wynne Unit

Wynne Unit – David Crosby Was Imprisoned Here

For many years, David Crosby battled drug problems that eventually caught up with him…

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Red Dog Saloon

Red Dog Saloon – Janis Joplin joins Big Brother

In 1965, some San Francisco refugees bought an old building, fixed it up…

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San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University

Alumni include: Marty Balin, George Duke and Paul Desmond…

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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…

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Radio City

Radio City – Metallica’s First Gig

On March 14, 1982 Metallica played there first ever gig here. In 1986 the…

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Warner Brothers Records

Warner Brothers Records

Warner Bros. Records opened for business on March 19, 1958, above the film studio’s…

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Paley Center

Paley Center for Media – formerly known as The Museum of Television & Radio

The Paley Center for Media, formerly known as both The Museum of Television…

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Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital

Where Woody Guthrie Died

On October 3, 1967, Woody Guthrie died as a resident of the Creedmoor…

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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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Saint John the Baptist Parish Cemetery

Buried Here – Bobby Vee, Had Hits With “Rubber Ball” &”Take Good Care Of My Baby”

Bobby Vee was a singer and actor that had many hits on the Billboard charts including…

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FIrst ZZ Top Show

FIrst ZZ Top Show – Knights of Columbus Hall

On Feb. 10, 1970, ZZ Top played their first show with what is their now iconic lineup of Billy Gibbons…

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Black Bottom Cemetery

Buried Here – Little Eva, Sang “Locomotion” By Carole King And Gerry Goffin

She was asked by the writing team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin to…

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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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Beatles at John F. Kennedy International Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport – The Beatles First Arrive In The U.S. Here

On February 4, 1964, more then 10,000 screaming teenagers welcomed…

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The Cobalt Cafe

The Cobalt Cafe

The Cobalt Cafe was founded by Dave Politi on January 17, 1991. The venue…

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Bob Burns

Where Bob Burns, Drummer For Lynyrd Skynyrd Died

Bob died in a single car crash after hitting a mailbox and tree on a sharp curve in Cartersville, Georgia…

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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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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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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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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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Queensboro Bridge

59th Street Bridge – “Feelin’ Groovy” By Simon & Garfunkel

Officially now known as “The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge”, the bridge was used…

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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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Hollywood Palace

Hollywood Palace

First opened in 1927 and originally a theater, then one of television’s first studios…

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Steve Paul’s The Scene

The Scene was one of the hippest venues in late-’60s Manhattan. Major rock…

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