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:

Dave Prater

Buried Here – Dave Prater, Founder of Soul Music Group Sam & Dave

Dave was a member of the popular rhythm and blues group Sam & Dave…

The Boarding House

The Boarding House

Besides being one of the premier comedy clubs in San Francisco many a great…

Green Hills Memorial Park

Buried Here – William Joseph Clarke, Harmonica Player & Dennis Dale Boon Of “The Minutemen.”

Known as D, he was the singer, songwriter and guitarist for “The Minutemen…

Terrapin Crossroads

Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads, A Restaurant And Concert Venue

Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads is a restaurant and music venue with a beautiful waterfront…

Amoeba Music Hollywood

Amoeba Music

The Los Angeles location is a massive store filled with thousands of records, cds and dvds…

Scott Joplin House

Scott Joplin House State Historic Site

This site preserves the Scott Joplin Residence, the home of the composer…

Greek Theater Los Angeles

Greek Theater

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

Santana's First Album

Pacific Recorders

Pacific Recorders was the first 16 track recording studio in the Bay Area. The…

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…

Rose Hill Cemetery

Buried Here – Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Berry Oakley Of The “Allman Brothers Band”

She was immortalized in the Allman Brothers song “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”…

Bill Graham Presents Offices

Bill Graham Presents Offices

Bill Graham Presents occupied this building from 1972 to 1985 when it was destroyed by…

Hard Rock Cafe From Morrison Hotel

The Original Hard Rock Cafe – where “Morrison Hotel” album back cover was shot

This is where The Doors’ “Morrison Hotel” album back cover was shot in 1969 by famous…

Drinking Gourd Previous Location

Drinking Gourd – The Beginning of The Jefferson Airplane

This is the location where Marty Balin first met Paul Kantner. The “Gourd” was a kind of…

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…

Nudies

Nudies – Creator of Elvis’ Famous Costumes

Nudie Cohn was the country tailor to the stars. He made famous outfits for Elvis, Hank…

Jim Morrison Mural

“Morning Shot” , The Jim Morrison Mural In Venice Beach, California

Created by artist/muralist Rip Cronk in 1991, the mural of Jim Morrison is made of acrylic paint and is 12 feet wide…

The Panhandle in Golden Gate Park

The Panhandle in Golden Gate Park

This little strip of land, just a few blocks north of the Haight has been the site of many…

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…

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

Buried Here – Jim Clench, Bassist For “Bachman-Turner Overdrive”

Jim was a bassist, and was best known as a member of the Canadian band…

Columbus Recorders

Columbus Recorders

In an attempt to duplicate the free form nature of a live Grateful Dead show, the…

Essex House

Where Donny Hathaway Died

Donny Hathaway gained fame for his duet with Roberta Flack on “Where is the Love?”…

Vesuvio Cafe

Vesuvio Cafe

One of the early North Beach hangouts for beatnicks, many of the local music talent…

Mabuhay Gardens

Mabuhay Gardens

Also known as The Mab and The Fab Mab, this was one of the hot spots for the…

El Camino Real High School

El Camino Real High School

Now known as El Camino Real Charter High School, and commonly referred to as ECR, was…

The Kirkwood Casino and Health Club

Glenn Frey’s Home – The Kirkwood Casino and Health Club

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

Marty Balin's Home

Marty Balin’s Home

Not far from downtown Mill Valley is this house purchased by Marty Balin after the initial success of the…

The Best Of Steely Dan

Remastered – The Best Of Steely Dan Album Cover Location

Carhenge, which replicates Stonehenge, consists of the circle of cars, 3…

Theatricum Botanicum

Theatricum Botanicum

The beginnings of the Theatricum Botanicum stretch back to the early 1950s when Will Geer…

Cornelius Bumpus

Where Cornelius Bumpus Of “The Doobie Brothers” Died

Cornelius was a member of The Doobie Brothers for over 20 years and played…

Captain Beefheart’s Home

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

The St. Louis Walk of Fame - Tina Turner

The St. Louis Walk of Fame

Embedded in the sidewalk along Delmar Boulevard in the Loop area of…

Poster For Earl Warren Show Grounds

Earl Warren Show Grounds – First Large Doors Concert

On July 28 1966, at the “Mid-Summer Spectacular Show of Shows” the…

Jim Morrison's Childhood Home

Jim Morrison’s Childhood Home

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

Sheraton Gunter Hotel

Sheraton Gunter Hotel – Robert Johnson recorded here

On November 23, 1936, in Room 414, a talent scout arranged a session with…

The Road Is No Place For A Lady

The Road Is No Place For A Lady by Mama Cass Album Cover Location

Opened in 1947, and owned by the Los Angeles City Recreation and Park Department…

Nob Hill Hotel

Nob Hill Hotel – Rock Star’s Home Away From Home

The Nob Hill is a 56 room boutique hotel in the affluent Nob Hill district of…

Evergreen Cemetery - Clarion

Buried Here – Glen Buxton, Founding Member, Lead Guitar For “Alice Cooper”

Glen was a founding member of the band that became “Alice Cooper”…

Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium

Entertainers from around the world have performed here such as KISS, The Rolling Stones…

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…

EastWest Studios

Western Recorders Studios – EastWest Studios

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

Cleveland Stadium

Cleveland Stadium – Home of World Series of Rock

Cleveland Stadium (also known as Lakefront Stadium and Cleveland Municipal…

Maxwell's

Maxwell’s – Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” Video

Parts of the music video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” were filmed…

Harmonia Cemetery

Buried Here – Jimi Jamison, Lead Singer for “Survivor”

Jimi is best remembered as the lead vocalist for “Survivor” from 1984 until…

Goose Lake International Music Festival

Goose Lake International Music Festival

The Goose Lake International Music Festival was an outdoor rock festival…

The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room

Clients include: Aerosmith, John Legend, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Danger…

CBS Television City

CBS Television City

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

Motown Records

Motown Records

Among Motown’s early artists were Mabel John, Mary Wells, and Barrett Strong. The label’s…

The Coach House

The Coach House

As one of the only venues in San Juan Capistrano, the Coach House has hosted…

Liberty Records

Liberty Records

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

Saint Paul Civic Center Arena

The arena was part of the RiverCentre, a large convention center…

Forest Lawn Covina Hills

Buried here – Mary Ford, Mickie Jones

Mary was married to guitar legend Les Paul and made many recordings with…

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…

Las Vegas Convention Center Silver Dome

Las Vegas Convention Center – Second ever Beatles concert in U.S.

The Beatles played here for their second ever U.S. gig in a former…

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…

Swingos

Swingos, A Rock And Roll Hotel Like No Other

Now a Comfort Inn (boring!) it was once called Swingos and was home to…

Prairie Sun Recording Studio

Prairie Sun Recording Studio

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

Coconut Teaszer

Coconut Teaszer

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

Ray Charles Memorial Library

The Ray Charles Memorial Library

The new museum contains seven galleries on the ground floor of a two-story…

The Dakota

Where John Lennon was killed

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

Rick James

Where Rick James Died

On the morning of August 6, 2004, Rick James was found dead in his home by his…

Thomas Gilcrease Institute

The Bob Dylan Archive

The Dylan Archive includes the complete sessions for all of his albums along with dozens of professionally filmed concerts…

David Grohl Alley

David Grohl Alley

In Dave Grohl’s hometown of Warren, Ohio a shrine has been dedicated…

Jackson Browne Residence

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

Conway Recording Studios

Conway Recording Studios

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

El Carmen

El Carmen – Stevie Nicks And Lindsey Buckingham Joined Fleetwood Mac

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

Funky Features

Funky Features

What originally started as a home recording studio quickly became a favorite recording…

Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco

Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco

Rodney Bingenheimer ran this place for a while in the 70’s and early 80’s. He also…

Mount Saint Mary Cemetery

Buried Here – Jerry Nolan & Johnny Thunders Of The New York Dolls

Buried here are multiple artists including: Jerry Nolan and Johnny Thunders both members…

The Ramones by The Ramones

The Ramones by The Ramones Album Cover Location

The brick building at 2nd Street between Bowery and 2nd Ave. was the background…

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…

Oshawa Civic Auditorium

Oshawa Civic Auditorium

On April 22, 1979, the Auditorium hosted two benefit concerts for the…

Going for the One by Yes

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…

Madame Wong's West

Madame Wong’s West – Famous Punk Rock Hang Out

A Famous punk rock hang out owned and operated by Esther Wong. A who’s who of…

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…

Emory Hospital

Where James Brown Died

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

Warning by Green Day

Warning by Green Day Album Cover Location

The cover for Green Day’s “Warning” album was filmed in San Francisco’s…

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…

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame is a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating…

Turnstiles by Billy Joel

Turnstiles by Billy Joel Album Cover Location

Billy Joel’s “Turnstiles” album cover was shot at the Astor place subway station…

Where Felix Pappalardi died

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