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:

Dan Tanas

Dan Tana’s Restaurant – Lyrics To The Eagle’s “Lyin’ Eyes” Written Here

Since its opening it has been a favorite of Hollywood and film industry personalities and…

Pal Recording Studio

Pal Recording Studio, Zappa Bought It And Renamed it Studio Z

From 1957–1964 Pal Recording Studio was an independent shop that …

Laurel Canyon Country Store

Laurel Canyon Country Store – Best place to find rock celebrities

This has been a spot to see Rock and Roll celebrities doing their grocery shopping …

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…

Jim Croce Memorial Plaque

Where Jim Croce was killed

On September 20, 1973, Jim Croce and five other people were killed when their small…

Physical Graffiti

Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin Album Cover Location

This building located at 96-98 S. Marks Place, Manhattan was used for the cover…

The Palomino

The Palomino

The Palomino has long been known as a country-flavored club, but in the 80’s…

William Howard Taft Senior High

William Howard Taft Senior High School

One more rocking high school, this time located in the south west San Fernando Valley…

Live in Brooklyn by Phish

Live in Brooklyn by Phish Album Cover Location

“Live in Brooklyn” by Phish was recorded at Keyspan Park, Coney Island in…

San Francisco Pop Festival

Alameda County Fairgrounds – San Francisco Pop Festival

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

1968 Newport Pop Festival

Orange County Fairgrounds – 1968 Newport Pop Festival

The Newport Pop Festival was held here the weekend of August 3-4, 1968 with many…

The Warehouse Poster

The Warehouse – Last Concert For Jim Morrison With The Doors

On December 12, 1970 Jim Morrison played his last concert with The Doors here before…

Topanga Corral

Topanga Corral, Inspiration For “Roadhouse Blues” By The Doors

The Topanga Corral will be forever remembered as the place were Canned…

Radio Recorders

Radio Recorders

In its prime, the studio was known as the best recording facility in Los Angeles. In the …

J&M Studios

J&M Studios – Hits By Fats Domino, Little Richard Were Recorded Here

This was the place to record your songs in the New Orleans area in the…

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…

Westminster Memorial Park

Memorial Here For Bradley James Nowell, Lead Singer And Guitarist Of Sublime

Bradley was the lead singer and guitarist of Sublime…

Hard Rock Cafe - New York

Hard Rock Cafe – New York

The New York edition of the famous restaurant/bar chain. The Times Square cafe…

Duke's Coffee Shop

Duke’s Coffee Shop/London Fog – The Doors First Official Club Gig

Once the coffee shop to the Tropicana, a motel previously next door where…

Buried Here – Johnny Griffith Of “The Funk Brothers” Huey Marvin Davis Of “The Contours”

Johnny was a keyboard player and member of the world famous Funk Brothers…

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…

Twin Oaks Cemetery

Buried Here – Tim Hardin, Singer/Composer Of “If I Were a Carpenter” & “Reason To Believe”

Singer and composer of such hits as “If I Were a Carpenter,” “Reason to Believe,”…

Where Felix Pappalardi died

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

The Replacement’s House

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

Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College – Members of Van Halen went to school here.

Due to it’s proximity to Hollywood and the studios found nearby, Pasadena …

Stanley Theatre

Stanley Theatre – Last Bob Marley Concert

The Stanley Theatre, now known as The Benedum Center for the Performing…

Justin Herman Plaza

Justin Herman Plaza – Home Of An Impromptu U2 Concert

On the second leg of the Joshua Tree US Tour, U2 decided to have a spontaneous…

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Zilker Park

The Festival is an annual event that takes place every Fall on 46-acres in…

Frampton Comes Alive

Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton Album Cover Location

Some of Frampton Comes Alive was recorded at the Marin Veterans…

National Music Museum

National Music Museum

Often referred to as the “Musical Smithsonian”, the museum was founded in 1973 and is one…

Jon Bon Jovi’s Former Home

This Manhattan 7,452-square-foot condo was listed for $39.9 million…

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…

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Commonly referred to as the “Kennedy Center”, it is the busiest performing arts facility in the…

Gaslight Square Photo

Gaslight Square

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

Wingate Park

On August 14, 1990, Curtis Mayfield was struck and paralyzed by a lighting scaffold…

Hawthorne High School

Hawthorne High School – The Beach Boys went to school here.

Hawthorne High School’s most famous alumni are The Beach Boys…

Jackson Browne Residence

For a while in the late 1960’s, Jackson Browne lived in the downstairs laundry room of…

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…

Inn of the Beginning

Inn of the Beginning

If you were a local North Bay band you played here at one time or another, Neil Young…

Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum

Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum

The Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum houses rock and radio posters, artwork,…

New York Hospital

New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center – Where Andy Warhol Died

Andy Warhol died here suffering from a gall bladder infection on February…

El Carmen

El Carmen – Stevie Nicks And Lindsey Buckingham Joined Fleetwood Mac

This is the Mexican restaurant where Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham…

Hotel Theresa

Hotel Theresa – Jimi Hendrix stayed here

When Jimi Hendrix first came to New York in 1964 he stayed here. Other notable…

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…

Laurel Canyon

Laurel Canyon – Frank Zappa, The Byrds, Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell

In the 1960s, Laurel Canyon became famous as home to many of L.A.’s top rock musicians…

Rose Hills Memorial Park

Buried here – Mark St. John, Bryan Gregory, Eric Wright, Mark St. John

Bryan was a founding member of and guitarist for The Cramps. Eric “Eazy-E” Wright…

Studio at The Palms

Studio at The Palms – First Recording Studio Located Inside A Casino

The Studio at The Palms is the first ever recording studio located inside a casino…

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…

The Wiltern

The Wiltern

The Wiltern’s name was derived from its location at the intersection of Wilshire and…

The Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco design…

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…

Long Island Arena Concert

Long Island Arena – Part Of Frampton Comes Alive Was Recorded Here

Probably the most famous performance here was when Peter Frampton appeared in August 1975 and…

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

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

Woodlawn Cemetery

Buried Here – David Ruffin, Levi Stubbs, Billy Henderson

Earl was the main keyboardist with Motown Records’ in-house band the…

Love Street House

“Love Street House” – Where Jim Morrison And Pamela Morrison Lived

The song “Love Street” was written by Jim Morrison about this street off of Laurel…

California State University Northridge

California State University Northridge

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

Jim Morrison's Childhood Home

Jim Morrison’s Childhood Home

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

The Notorious Byrd Brothers

The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers Album Cover Location

An old stone house in Topanga Canyon, just above Malibu, California, was the location for the cover…

Jeff Buckley

Where Jeff Buckley Died

On May 29, 1997 Jeff was waiting for his band to arrive and decided to take…

The Viper Room

The Viper Room

On Oct. 1, 1996, a paparazzo in the club snapped a photo of The Rolling Stones’ Mick…

The Doors At the Fantasy Fair

The Mountain Theater – KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival

Officially known as the Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre. On June 10th…

MCA Records

MCA Records was part of the Music Corporation of America (MCA). In 2003, it was bought…

Douglass Pioneer Cemetery

Buried Here – Kent Henry, Guitar Player For “Blues Image”

Kent was a member of Blues Image which was best known for their hit “Ride…

Mudd Club

Mudd Club – “This Ain’t No Mudd Club Or CBGBs”

The Mudd Club opened in 1978 and very quickly became a hot late night…

CBS Television City

CBS Television City

Since opening in November of 1952, this historic location hosted many great acts…

Saint Rose Cemetery

Buried Here – GG Allin – Infamous Punk Rocker

Infamous punk rocker. His shows were featured “extreme” performances…

Poster For The Warfield Theater

Warfield Theater

Opened in 1922, this nine story building was booked by Bill Graham in 1979 for…

Washington Coliseum

Washington Coliseum – Site Of The First Concert By The Beatles In The U.S.

On February 11, 1964, this was the site of the very first concert by The Beatles in the…

The Roxy

The Roxy

At one time or another, if you played Los Angeles, you played at the Roxy. Van Morrison…

The Grammy Museum

The Grammy Museum – Four Floors Of Exhibits

The GRAMMY Museum is an exciting and interactive celebration of the power of music occupying a…

Poster For The Ark

The Ark, A Venue In The Remains Of A Wheelhouse Boat

The Ark was actually the remains of a wheelhouse boat called the Charles Van Damme…

Paramount Recording Studios

Paramount Recording Studios

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

Las Vegas Hilton

Las Vegas Hilton – Elvis Performed For 58 Consecutive Sold Out Shows Here.

When the Hilton opened in 1969, it was the largest hotel in the world…

Beacon Theatre

Beacon Theatre – The Allman Brothers Home Away From Home

Many great acts have graced the stage of the Beacon which is known for its superior acoustics, including the…

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…

Canter's Deli

Canter’s Deli – Late night hangout for L.A. musicians

World famous gathering spot for musicians actors and anyone else looking for…

The Peppermint Lounge

The Peppermint Lounge opened in 1958, this was the “hip” place to be in the…

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store – Previously Ciro’s where The Byrds became famous

Certainly famous in its own right as one the original places where the current…

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…

St. Dominics Preview by Van Morrison

St. Dominics Preview by Van Morrison Album Cover Location

The cover of Van Morrison’s classic album “St. Dominics Preview” was shot on the…