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:

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.

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Janis Joplin’s Last Bay Area Residence

Janis Joplin spent the last year of her life here before overdosing at the…

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Frank Zappa's Last Home

Frank Zappa’s Last Home, Where He Died

This Estate is located on a secluded drive in the Hollywood Hills. The property includes a rooftop…

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Studio Bell

Studio Bell, Home Of The National Music Centre Of Canada

Studio Bell, is the home of the Canadian National Music Centre. Visitors can…

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Stephen Stills' Former Home

Stephen Stills and Peter Tork’s Former Home Off Of Laurel Canyon

Stephen Stills’ house was a Rock hangout where Crosby, Stills & Nash first began their early…

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Buried Here – Tom King, Guitarist And Founder of “The Outsiders”

Tom was a guitarist and founding member of the 1960s music group…

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Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Buried Here – Joe Hunter, Member Of The “Funk Brothers”

Joe was a member of the Funk Brothers, Motown Records’ in-house…

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Boulder Theater

Boulder Theater

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

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Erasmus Hall High School

Erasmus Hall High School – Clive Davis, Neil Diamond And Marky Ramone

Erasmus Hall High School was a four-year public high school founded in 1786 as Erasmus Hall Academy

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KTLA

KTLA – The Doors first television appearance

Casey Kasem hosted a show called “Shebang” on KTLA, Channel 5 in…

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Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indiana State Fairgrounds Roof Collapse

On August 13, 2011, high winds from an approaching storm collapsed the roof…

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Dog In The Sand by Frank Black

Dog In The Sand by Frank Black Album Cover Location

The Sutro Bath ruins was the location of the album cover for Frank Black’s…

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Live At The Regal

New Regal Theater

On 21 November 1964 one of the greatest blues albums of all time, “Live At The Regal by B.B. King,” …

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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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Machine Gun Etiquette

Machine Gun Etiquette by The Damned Album Cover Location

Times Square was the location of the cover for The Damned’s third album, Machine Gun…

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Calverton National Cemetery

Buried Here – Tony Williams, Elsbeary Hobbs, Jr., Larry Banks

Buried here are multiple artists including: Tony Williams, Elsbeary Hobbs, Jr, Larry Banks…

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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…

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Joan Jett’s Residence

When Joan Jett first moved to Los Angeles in 1977, she rented an apartment here, not far…

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Studio Malibu

Studio Malibu

Located above “Billionaire’s Beach” in Malibu, Studio Malibu provides numerous…

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Hungry i

Hungry i

The Hungry i was a legendary San Francisco nightclub operated in the late 1950s…

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Pauley Ballroom

Pauley Ballroom

In 1965 as part of the “Berkeley Folk Festival” The Jefferson Airplane and Country…

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Built For Speed by The Stray Cats

Built For Speed by The Stray Cats Album Cover Location

The album cover for the Stray Cats’ “Built For Speed” LP was shot in the front…

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Crosby, Stills & Nash

Crosby, Stills & Nash by Crosby, Stills & Nash Album Cover Location

Although the original old house is gone, this is the location where Crosby, Stills…

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Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Since opening in 1971, this venue has hosted some great acts including, James…

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Ulysses S. Grant Senior High School

Ulysses S. Grant Senior High School

The L.A. Times once referred to this as a “rock ‘n’ roll” high school. Some famous…

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Oakmont Mortuary and Cemetery

Buried Here – Brent Mydland, Keyboardist For The Grateful Dead

Brent was the fourth keyboardist to play for The Grateful Dead…

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The Purple Onion

The Purple Onion

The club that launched the Smothers Brothers and The Kingston Trio is still…

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Mount Tamalpais Cemetery

Buried Here – June Pointer,Tom Donahue & Dino Valenti of Quicksilver Messenger Service

Dino was a member of the rock group Quicksilver Messenger Service…

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Paramount Recording Studios

Paramount Recording Studios

Paramount Recording Studios was built in the late 1960’s by the Brolin family…

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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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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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Madonna’s Former Home

When Madonna first moved to New York, this is where she lived…

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The Riverboat Coffeehouse

The Riverboat Coffeehouse

The Riverboat opened in October, 1964 and closed in June of 1978…

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Serenity Knolls Treatment Center

Where Jerry Garcia Of The Grateful Dead Died

On August 9, 1995, Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia died here. Death was attributed…

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The Riverside Hotel

The Riverside Hotel – Where Bessie Smith Died

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

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Albin Rooming House

Albin Rooming House – Big Brother and the Holding company began here

Rod Albin started managing the property in 1964, allowing his brother Peter and other students from San Francisco State …

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Fairmont Hotel

Fairmont Hotel – I left my heart in San Francisco first sang here

Famous as the home the Venetian Room, the first place that Tony Bennett…

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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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Where Harry Chapin died

On his way to play a concert, on July 16th, 1981, Harry Chapin was killed when…

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Santana Supernatural Brut By Mumm Napa

Santana Supernatural Brut By Mumm Napa

Carlos Santana partnered with Mumm Napa to release some limited edition sparkling wines. The collaboration…

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Texas Music Museum

Texas Music Museum

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

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Joey Ramone Headstone

Buried Here – Joey Ramone, Lead Singer For “The Ramones.”

Joey was the lead singer for the seminal rock band “The Ramones”…

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Jim Morrison's Childhood Home

Jim Morrison’s Childhood Home

The childhood residence of Jim Morrison went up for sale in June of 2013…

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Keystone Corner

Keystone Korner

This was a very happening spot in the late 60’s when such Rock luminaries as Elvin…

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Wild Honey

Brian Wilson’s Former Home

At one time, Wilson had the entire home painted purple, probably just to tick…

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Greek Theater Los Angeles

Greek Theater

A wonderful outdoor setting located in Griffith Park. Many of the top bands of the last…

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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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Garrick Theatre

Garrick Theatre

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention played here nightly nightly for 6 months in 1967. Their shows…

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Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park

Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park In Birmingham, Alabama

Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park is a memorial garden to singer and Birmingham, Alabama…

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The Sea Witch

The Sea Witch – Early Doors Venue

On December 9th and 10th, 1966, a new band called “The Doors” played…

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Downtown Music Studios

Downtown Music Studios

Downtown Music Studios® is a new two studio recording facility located in the…

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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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Conway Recording Studios

Conway Recording Studios

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

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Ike and Tina Turner Home

Ike and Tina Turner’s Home

The Turner’s lived here throughout much of the 60’s and 70’s…

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Jimi Hendrix Burial Site

Buried Here – Jimi Hendrix, Guitarist, Composer, Singer And Showman

Jimi died on September 18, 1970 while touring through London, England. When…

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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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Oceanview Motel

Oceanview Motel – Where Bradley Nowell Of Sublime Died

On May 25, 1996 Bradley James Nowell who was the founder, lead singer, and guitarist of the band Sublime…

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EastWest Studios

Western Recorders Studios – EastWest Studios

Western Recorders was considered on of the world’s premiere studios. In 1989…

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Master Recorders

Master Recorders

Originally a recording studio specializing in jazz, many pop/rock artists recorded…

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Uncle Charlie's

Uncle Charlie’s – Huey Lewis And The News Early Concert Venue

Seemingly just another bar in a suburban shopping center, this is the place that Huey Lewis…

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Both And

Both/And – “Ball and Chain” By “Big Mama” Thornton Heard Here By Janis Joplin

“Big Mama” Thornton was a regular at this jazz club, one of her songs “Ball and Chain” was…

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The Winterland Ballroom

The Winterland Ballroom – The Last Waltz

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

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Berry Oakley

Where Berry Oakley Of “The Allman Brothers Band” Was Killed

On November 11, 1972, Oakley was involved in an accident just three blocks from where…

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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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Elvis Presley Birthplace

Elvis Presley Birthplace

Experience Elvis! That’s exactly what fans worldwide do when they visit Tupelo, Miss…

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The Beatle’s Home During 1965 Tour

The Beatles rented this home while touring through Los Angeles in 1965.

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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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Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre – Brooklyn Site Of The Who’s U.S. Debut

On March 25, 1967, The Who made their U.S. debut here as part of a Murray the K Rock…

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Shea Stadium

Shea Stadium

On August 15, 1965, The Beatles played here on their second concert tour of the United…

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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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Mars Hotel

Mars Hotel – There Really Was A Mars Hotel

Yep, there really was a Mars Hotel… it was only a few blocks away from where…

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Beatle’s Home During 1964 Tour

The Beatles rented this home while touring through Los Angeles in 1964…

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Cabo Wabo – owned by Sammy Hagar

Located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino…

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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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Poster For Longshoremen's Hall

Longshoremen’s Hall – Early San Francisco Bay Area Venue

This is where the notorious Acid Test’s were held in the mid 1960’s. The Trips Festival…

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The Retinal Circus

The Retinal Circus

The Retinal Circus was a short-lived dive that operated in a basement from…

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Highland Gardens

Where Janis Joplin Died

On October 4, 1970 at the age of 27, Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin in room 105 of…

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Clearlake

Where Johnny Burnette died

After dark on August 14, 1964, Johnny’s fishing boat was struck by an unaware…

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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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