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.

Our Roadmaps will help you plan a visit to one of your favorite Rock N Roll locations, or will allow you to follow in the footsteps of famous musicians and bands.

Artist Compilations allows you to find all of the references in our website by band or musician or both!

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.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but the annex to the Cleveland based…

Where Janis Joplin Died

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

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…

The Blues Foundation – Blues Hall Of Fame In Memphis Tennessee

Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation is dedicated to preserving…

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…

Newport 1960 By Muddy Waters Album Cover Location

Festival Field was the former location of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festival…

Glenn Frey’s Home Was Known As “The Kirkwood Casino And Health Club”

Glenn Frey of The Eagles, lived in a little house on the corner of Kirkwood…

Rhino Records, A Novelty, Comedy And Reissue Label, A Part Of Warner Music Group

Rhino has been around since 1978 but they originally started as a record store in 1973. As a label…

Keystone Berkeley – Creedence Clearwater Revival’s First Gig

Creedence Clearwater Revival played their first gig here when it was called New…

Cafe Bizarre – Where Andy Warhol Discovered “The Velvet Underground”

This is the club where Andy Warhol discovered The Velvet Underground…

Orange County Fairgrounds – 1968 Newport Pop Festival

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

Sacramento Rock And Radio Museum

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

Strange Days By The Doors Album Cover Location

The album cover for “Strange Days” was photographed at this old 18th…

“Going for the One” By Yes Album Cover Location

The two towers located at 2029 and 2049 Century Park East are featured on the cover…

The Cotati Cabaret

This Sonoma County club brought famous and soon-to-be famous…

John F. Kennedy Stadium – “Live Aid” American Venue And “The Monsters of Rock Festival”

On 13 July 1985, the American version of Live Aid was held here to raise funds…

Earth Angel Recording Site

The song was originally recorded by The Penguins as a demo at former big band bassist…

Howard University In Washington DC Had Many Famous Alumni

Founded in 1866 by Gen. Oliver O. Howard as Howard Theological Seminary…

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..

The Firehouse

Located at the former quarters of Engine Co. 26 and Truck Co. 10, this building held concerts…

The Riverboat Coffeehouse In Toronto Ontario, Canada

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

Where James Brown Died

James was in Atlanta when he fell ill, and was admitted into the Emory…

Fan Asylum – Managers Of Rock ‘N Roll Fan Clubs

Fan Asylum has been managing and coordinating fan club programs for many stars. Their client ..

Lake Amador Gold Rush Festival, Held on October 4, 1969

On October 4, 1969, an estimated 40,000 people flocked to the small county of Amador in central…

Vintage Vinyl Records

This shop draws serious audiophiles from around the country…

Skyscraper by David Lee Roth Album Cover Location

The cover of “Skyscraper” shows Diamond Dave scaling Glacier Point in…

Liberty Records

Eddie Cochran, Jan and Dean and The Chipmunks were on Liberty. The Chipmunks were…

The Cow Palace

The Cow Palace, located in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, hosts well over one…

Panther Hall – Early Country, Rock And Rockabilly Venue

Early on, this was known as a country music venue, but there were a fair share of rock and…

Memory Motel And Bar – Immortalized By The Rolling Stones

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

Garrick Theatre, A Former Concert Venue In New York

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

The Starwood – Venue For Mötley Crüe’s First Concert

The hard rock club of the seventies and one of the first clubs to book L.A. punk bands…

Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Santa Rosa’s central location in Sonoma County made the Fairgrounds a good ‘extra date’…

B.B. King Museum In Indianola Mississippi

This museum opened in September 2008 and was built to honor the life…

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young Album Cover Location

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s album cover for “Everybody Knows This Is…

Intercontinental Absurdities – Frank Zappa’s Production Company

Intercontinental Absurdities is the name of Frank Zappa’s production company.

“St. Dominic’s Preview” By Van Morrison Album Cover Location

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

George Harrison’s Rental Home on Blue Jay Way, Los Angeles, CA

This street became a song by George Harrison after he rented a home here in 1968, it celebrates our…

Geffen Records – Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Neil Young & Crosby, Stills and Nash

David Geffen, once manager to many of the big names of the sixties, such as Joni Mitchell…

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills High had a large amount of musical alumni including: Shaun Cassidy…

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…

ABC Television Center Also Known As The Prospect Studios

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

Music City Walk of Fame In Nashville

The Music City Walk of Fame on Nashville’s Music Mile is a landmark tribute to those from all…

The Rathskeller aka “The Rat” – Former Location

Now the location of the Hotel Commonwealth, The Rathskeller (akaThe Rat) was a Kenmore Square live…

John & Yoko’s First New York Home

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

The Jam Brothers, Seller Of Fine String Instruments

At The Jam Brothers we try to give you a unique shopping experience. A …

Beverly Hilton – Where Whitney Houston Died

On February 11, 2012 Whitney Houston was found dead here in room…

Gramercy Park Hotel – New York’s Rock & Roll Hotel

The Gramercy has a long history of catering to the famous and wealthy…

Terrace Ballroom Former Location In Salt Lake City Utah

During the 1930’s, it was called “Coconut Grove”. Its name was changed in the…

Enigma Records

Enigma was founded and run by brothers William and Wesley Hein. Enigma focused on…

Hollywood Professional School – Former School For Kids In Show Business

This was a high school for kids in show business. Many famous actors and musicians and…

Rose Bowl Stadium

In June 1988, Depeche Mode played a famous concert here, Thomas Dolby, and…

Silk Degrees by Boz Scaggs Album Cover Location In Avalon, CA

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

Texas Music Museum In Austin Texas

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

Wallich’s Music City – Hollywood

Wallach’s Music City was a world famous record store that had listening stations where they…

8BC

Named for its location, this was one of the most critically acclaimed venues that sprung…

Hard Rock Cafe – New York

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

“Cold Spring Harbor” By Billy Joel Album Cover Location

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

Minor Earth, Major Sky by a-ha Album Cover Location

The nose section of a 737 located at the airplane graveyard next to the…

For Everyman By Jackson Browne Album Cover Location

Jackson Browne was photographed in the courtyard of a house built by his…