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:

Terrace Ballroom

Terrace Ballroom

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

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Desert Memorial Park

Buried Here – Sonny Bono, Half of Sonny & Cher and Frank Sinatra, Chairman Of The Board

Buried here are multiple artists including: Sonny Bono. Famous as one half of Sonny…

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Alan Wilson

Where Alan Wilson Of Canned Heat Died

On Sept. 3, 1970 at this, the home of fellow Canned Heat band mate Bob “The Bear” Hite…

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Jim Marshall Photography

Jim Marshall Photography – Photographer at Woodstock

Jim Marshall, who died of natural causes in New York City on March 24, 2010, over a 50-year career created hundreds …

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Sly Stone – John Philips Bel Air Home

This Beverly Hills area mansion that once belonged to John Phillips of The…

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Del Shannon

Where Del Shannon Died

Shannon had recorded the hit song “Runaway” in 1961. It stayed #1 on the charts for…

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B.B. King Blues Club

B.B. King Blues Club

Located in Times Square, this club has hosted many great music acts including…

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Tim Hardin

Where Tim Hardin Died

Tim Hardin, the singer/songwriter who wrote Rod Stewart’s “Reason to Believe” and “If I Were A…

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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…

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American Bandstand Studio

American Bandstand Studio – Original Location

This was the home of the WFIL Studio which hosted the original American…

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The Starwood

The Starwood – One of the first clubs to book L.A. punk bands

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

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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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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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Calvary Catholic Cemetery

Buried Here – John “Sean” Byrne Of The Count Five

Sean was best known for his work with the Count Five and wrote the band’s biggest hit “Psychotic Reaction”…

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Evergreen Cemetery

Buried here – Jesse Belvin, Bobby Nunn, Bobby Relf

Jesse was an American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter popular in the 1950s, whose…

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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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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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The Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre

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

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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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Colorado Music Hall of Fame

Colorado Music Hall of Fame

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame, was created to honor those individuals who…

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Greetings From Asbury Park N.J.

Greetings From Asbury Park N.J. by Bruce Springsteen Album Cover Location

Springsteen used a greeting card type of graphic to highlight Asbury…

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Hunter College

Hunter College – Last Janis Joplin with Big Brother Gig

On November 15, 1968, Janis Joplin played her last concert with Big Brother…

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The Burbank Studios

NBC Studios – The Burbank Studios

Now known as “The Burbank Studios” it was the home to the long running …

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Media Sound

Once a baptist church, this was the location where John Lennon recorded “Walls and Bridges”…

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Forest Lawn Los Angeles

Buried here – Michael Hutchence, Andy Gibb, Lemmy Kilmister, Rick Nelson, Arthur Lee

Arthur Lee was the leader, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of the band Love…

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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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Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall is located in Rockefeller Center. It was for a time the leading tourist destination in the city…

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Cafe Wha

Cafe Wha?

Many rock and roll stars got an early start at this Greenwich Village institution…

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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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Takin My Time by Bonnie Raitt

Takin My Time by Bonnie Raitt Album Cover Location

A waiting room at the Los Angeles Union Station was used for the cover of Bonnie…

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David B. Cole

Buried Here – David B. Cole, A Founder Of C + C Music Factory

David was part of the musical group C + C Music Factory…

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Gramercy Park Hotel

Gramercy Park Hotel

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

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The Fire Inside by Bob Seger Album Cover Location

The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island graces the cover of Bob Seger and the Silver…

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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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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…

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Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

The Museum consists of instruments owned and played by well-known…

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Henry Rollins’ Home

Henry Rollins lived here for a short time in the 1980’s…

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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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Kiel Opera House

Kiel Opera House, Now known as the Peabody Opera House

Now known as the Peabody Opera House. On July 11, 1978, the Rolling Stones performed one sold-out show…

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Hasten Down The Wind by Linda Ronstadt

Hasten Down The Wind by Linda Ronstadt Album Cover Location

The Hasten Down The Wind album cover was shot outside of Linda Ronstadt’s…

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Delta Blues Museum

Delta Blues Museum

The Delta Blues Museum is housed in the historic Clarksdale freight depot…

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Woodlawn Memorial Park

Buried Here – Dave “Lonesome Dave” Peverett, Lead Singer Of Foghat

Lead singer of Foghat. They had 1970s hits such as “Slow Ride” and…

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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…

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Varsity Stadium

Varsity Stadium – Rock ‘n Roll Revival Concert

The stadium has hosted many famous concerts including the 1969 Rock…

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Surfin' Safari

Surfin’ Safari by The Beach Boys Album Cover Location

Paradise Cove has been featured in many movies, and it was the location for the…

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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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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…

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Sherman Oaks Galleria

Sherman Oaks Galleria – Setting For “Valley Girl” By Frank Zappa

This is the place made famous in Frank Zappa’s epic, “Valley Girl”. It was also a main setting in…

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Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Museum

Permanent displays include a reproduction of the Iowa Great Lakes Recording Studio…

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Palace of Fine Arts Theater

Palace of Fine Arts Theater

The Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915 was an event dedicated to progress, the…

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Book Soup

Book Soup – Best place to see a musician sign their book.

Book Soup is one of the most popular book stores for celebrity book signings…

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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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Michigan Palace

Michigan Palace – Last Iggy & The Stooges Concert

Also known as the Michigan Theatre and the Michigan Building, in the 70’s…

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley_Park_Records

Paisley Park Studios – Designed & Owned By Prince, Where He Lived And Where He Died

The studio, which was designed and is owned by Prince was officially opened on September…

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Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame honors musicians, both past and present, who have contributed…

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The Dakota

John Lennon’s Home

From 1973 until his death in 1980, John Lennon lived with Yoko Ono here. He was…

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The Peppermint Lounge

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

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Bronson Cemetery

Buried Here – Bo Diddley

Legendary guitarist and vocalist, he is best known for such hits as “I’m a Man”…

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Hollywood Mercedes

Hollywood Mercedes Benz – Where Elvis bought his cars

Legend has it that Elvis bought six Mercedes’ for friends from this dealership in Hollywood….

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Hibbing High School

Hibbing High School – Bob Dylan went to school here.

Bob Dylan, then known as Robert Zimmerman, graduated from high school here in May 1959…

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San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco Art Institute

The oldest art school west of the Mississippi River. Graduates include…

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Haym Salomon Memorial Park

Buried Here – Jim Croce, Singer And Songwriter Of “Time in a Bottle”

Between 1960 and 1973, Croce released six studio albums and eleven singles…

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Rick Stevens Arrest

Edenvale Elementary School – Tower of Power Lead Singer Arrested For Murder

On February 19th 1976, the lead singer for Tower of Power, Rick Stevens, surrendered to police…

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The Berkeley Square

The Berkeley Square was a small music club in Berkeley, California, operating through the 1970s…

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The Orphanage

The Orphanage

Another location that housed many clubs, as the Orphanage, this location hosted…

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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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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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Downtown Music Studios

Downtown Music Studios

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

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Heavenly Ski Resort

Heavenly Ski Resort – Where Sonny Bono Died

On January 5, 1998, Sonny Bono was skiing at Heavenly Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe and was…

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New York University

While a student here, in dorm room 203 of the Weinstein Residence Hall, Rick Rubin…

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Buddy Holly Center

Buddy Holly Center

The Buddy Holly Center has dual missions; preserving, collecting and promoting the legacy…

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UCLA Medical Center

Where June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters Died

June Pointer died from the complications of cancer at the UCLA Medical Center in…

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KPPC-FM

KPPC-FM – Former underground radio station

KPPC was one of the leading “underground” radio stations in the United States…

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Great American Music Hall

Great American Music Hall

San Francisco’s oldest and grandest nightclub opened in 1907 after the 1906 earthquake…

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Marin General Hospital

John Cipollina, Lead Guitar For Quicksilver Messenger Service Died Here

After a long fought battle with emphysema, John died at Marin General Hospital following …

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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…

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Hotel California

Hotel California by The Eagles Album Cover Location

The cover for The Eagles’ Hotel California album was actually taken here…

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Bill Haley

Bill Haley’s Home

Bill Haley moved here with his family when he was 7 years old in 1932…

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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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Elvis Presley Home In Beverly Hills

Elvis Presley’s Home In Beverly Hills

Elvis bought this home for Priscilla and himself in 1967…

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