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.

The Lion’s Share – Janis Joplin’s Wake Was Held Here

San Anselmo was home to Marin’s premiere rock venue, the Lion’s Share located near United…

Grace Slick and Paul Kantner’s Home In Bolinas

On November 4, 1970 Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane purchased this…

Shangra-la Recording Studio Former Location In Malibu

In the early 1970’s Rob Fraboni designed and built the recording studios at…

Paisley Park Studios – Where Prince Lived, Recorded And Where He Died

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

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, An Open-Air Concert Venue

This venue is a rock structure in Red Rocks Park near Morrison…

Delaney Bramlett’s Home

At one time Delaney Bramlett was a regular on the television show Shindig! as…

Long Beach Sports Arena – Last Original Buffalo Springfield Concert Held Here

The original Buffalo Springfield played their last ever concert here on May 5, 1968, On the bill…

Basin Street West

Basin Street West was a famous Jazz club which gradually migrated towards rock before…

Paley Center for Media – Formerly Known As The Museum Of Television & Radio

The Paley Center for Media, formerly known as both The Museum of Television…

Mal Evans Death Site – Roadie, Assistant And Friend Of The Beatles

Mal was shot and killed by the LAPD on Jan. 5, 1976, in his…

Media Sound – Where John Lennon Recorded “Walls and Bridges”

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

Los Angeles Music Center

While on tour promoting her recently released album “Court and Spark”, Joni Mitchell recorded…

The Jam Brothers, Seller Of Fine String Instruments

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

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…

Where John Lennon Was Killed, Just Outside Of The Dakota Apartments

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

Wynne Unit , Huntsville Texas – David Crosby Was Imprisoned Here

For many years, David Crosby battled drug problems that eventually caught up with him…

NBC Studios, New York – Home to Saturday Night Live

Broadcast from Studio 8H at NBC’s headquarters in the GE Building, Saturday…

Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Museum

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

Ivar Bar

One of the few rock venues in the early 60’s in Hollywood, it then became a strip…

Kent State, Location Of The Tragic Event Of May 4, 1970

The tragic events of May 4, 1970, when National Guardsman fired upon protesting students, killing four of them – Allison Krause,

Empire Stadium – The Beatles’ First Canadian Concert

The Beatles’ first Canadian concert took place in front of 20,261 fans here…

King Records – Every Song James Brown Made From 1956 To 1971 Was Recorded Here

Hank Ballard recorded the original “Twist” here and every song James Brown…

Where Andy Warhol Died – New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center

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

Selland Arena In Fresno CA Hosted Elvis, Deep Purple, Grateful Dead, Country Joe

The Grateful Dead opened their 1974 tour here on July 19. Other artists to…

Where Janis Joplin Died

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

Buddy Holly Center Promotes The Legacy Of Buddy Holly

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

Nokia Theatre, Currently Called The Microsoft Theater In Los Angeles CA

The Nokia Theatre (currently called the Microsoft Theater) hosted the MTV…

Berkeley Community Theater – Metallica “S&M” Album Cover Location

On the campus of Berkeley High School. The theater has 3,500 seats, including a balcony…

Where Bob Marley Died

On May 11, 1981 Bob Marley died at the Cedars Medical Center (now know…

Toronto Rock and Roll Revival – The Plastic Ono Band, The Doors, Alice Cooper, Chicago

John Lennon and Yoko were invited be the emcees. Lennon suggested that they wouldn’t…

Studio Paradiso, Located in The Mosser Hotel

Located in The Mosser Hotel, the Studio Paradiso is the place where traveling musicians going to…

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…

Phil Lesh’s Former Home In Palo Alto

When Phil lived here in 1965, his band The Warlocks, decided to change there…

Deauville Beach Resort – The Beatles On The Ed Sullivan Show

On February 16, 1964, the Beatles taped their second appearance on the…

The Turkey Joint West – Early Doors Performances Here

The Seeds first played here in 1964. The Doors honed their onstage presence…

Sears Point Raceway – Original Venue For Altamont Concert

On December 6, 1969 The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young,…

Chris Hillman’s Former Home In Los Angeles

This was the home of Chris Hillman, one of the original members of The Byrds…

House of Oldies

Established in 1968, the store specializes in rare and out of print vinyl records from…

Where James Brown Died

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

Scott Joplin House State Historic Site In St. Louis Missouri

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

Radio City, Anaheim California – Venue For Metallica’s First Gig

On March 14, 1982 Metallica played there first ever gig here. In 1986 the…

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Zilker Park

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

The Electric Circus

From 1967 to September 1971 this funky location hosted many rock legends including The…

Gerde’s Folk City – Bob Dylan’s First Professional Gig

Bob Dylan played his first professional gig here in 1961. He opened for John Lee…

Heavenly Ski Resort – Where Sonny Bono Died

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

Electric Lady Studios – Hendrix Last Ever Studio Recording

Jimi Hendrix turned a Greenwich Village club in to a recording studio in 1968. Before…

Brian Wilson’s Former Home

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

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…

Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park In Birmingham, Alabama

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

Back Album Cover Location Of “Murmur” by R.E.M.

A train trestle in Athens, GA was featured on the back cover of the original…

Elvis Presley Birthplace In Tupelo

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

Fleetwoods On Front Street In Lahaina, Hawaii

Fleetwood’s on Front St. in Lahaina Hawaii is a bar/restaurant/concert venue…

Ontario Motor Speedway – Home Of Cal Jam I And Cal Jam II

The speedway was host to both the California Jam (Cal Jam) I concert in 1974 and…

Dallas International Motor Speedway – Texas International Pop Festival

The Texas International Pop Festival was held here, on Labor Day weekend…

Frost Amphitheater

Frost Amphitheater is located on the Stanford University campus at the corner of …

Kurt Cobain Memorial in Viretta Park

A bench near Kurt Cobain’s former home and has become an unofficial…

University Senior High School

Many famous musicians went to this school…. some even graduated. Here are…

Ike And Tina Turner’s Former Home

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

MTV’s Original Studio

When the channel first launched on August 1, 1981, its original purpose was to play…

Where Duane Allman Of “The Allman Brothers Band” Died

On October 29, 1971, Duane Allman was traveling west on Hillcrest Ave. As he entered the…