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:

Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum

Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum, A Showcase Of Rock N Roll Related Memorabilia

The Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum is a showcase of Rock related memorabilia from the…

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Billy Corgan’s Former Home

Billy bought this home in 1993, and was forced to add an iron fence…

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Buried Here – William “Bill” Black, Jr., Member Of Elvis Presley’s Back Up Band

Bill was one of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Moon Boys” that backed him on many early…

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Tarpan Studios

Tarpan Studios

This has been called the Motown of Marin, having recorded some of the greatest acts in…

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Empire Stadium

Empire Stadium – The Beatles’ First Canadian Concert

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

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Steve Paul’s The Scene

The Scene was one of the hippest venues in late-’60s Manhattan. Major rock…

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Garden of Memories

Buried Here – Gram Parsons, “The Flying Burrito Brothers” & “The Byrds”

Gram recorded as a solo artist and also worked in several bands, including…

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John and Tom Fogerty Home

John and Tom Fogerty’s Childhood Home

John and Tom Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival, grew up in…

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On The Beach by Neil Young

On The Beach by Neil Young Album Cover Location

Santa Monica Beach is the location of Neil Young’s cover for his “On The Beach”…

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Herbert Hardesty

Buried Here – Herbert Hardesty, Saxophonist With Fats Domino

Herb was a tenor saxophonist best remembered for his work with Fats Domino…

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Willie & The Poor Boys

Willie & The Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival Album Cover Location

The cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Willie & The Poor Boys” was shot at…

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The SkyBar

The SkyBar – Long popular with Rock and Rollers

Leonardo DiCaprio has stayed in a penthouse suite at the Mondrian Hotel for a weekend…

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Have You Seen Your Mother Baby

Have You Seen Your Mother Baby by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones released a single of “Have You Seen Your Mother Baby (Standing In…

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InterContinental Hotel

Where Shannon Hoon, The Singer For “Blind Melon” Died

On October 21, 1995 Shannon Hoon, the singer for Blind Melon died…

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Hawthorne High School

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

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

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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 Venetian Room

The Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel

Besides being the first place that Tony Bennett unveiled his classic “I left my heart in…

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FM Station

FM Station

Filthy McNasty had run this place since the early 70’s. The Band, Edgar Winter and many…

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Buried Here – Jackie Wilson

Jackie was called “Mr. Entertainment,” and he had over two dozen top 40 singles…

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Soquel Cemetery

Buried Here – Skip Spence of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape

Skip is known for his work with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane…

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Jacksonville Coliseum

Jacksonville Coliseum – Hendrix Opens For The Monkees

Built in 1960 and demolished in 2003, the Jacksonville Coliseum had the distinction of being one of only six venues…

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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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Original Sound Art Laboe

Original Sound

The Strawberry Alarm Clock recorded “Incense and Peppermints” here and the great…

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The Cotati Cabaret

The Cotati Cabaret

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

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Gumbo by Dr. John

Gumbo by Dr. John Album Cover Location

This is the location of the Farmer John Company’s slaughterhouse. The outside wall…

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The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

The Civic Auditorium was renamed in 1992 following Bill’s death. At the entrance are…

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Peter Tork's Home

Peter Tork’s Home

This home was once owned by Peter Tork of The Monkees…

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The Avalon – First Smashing Pumpkins Gig

The Smashing Pumpkins played their first ever club gig here. It’s now a…

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Spring Hill Cemetery

Buried Here – John Hartford, Floyd Cramer, Pete Drake

John was a fiddle player/writer who wrote the standard “Gentle on My Mind…

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I Flathead

I, Flathead by Ry Cooder Album Cover Location

The cover for “I, Flathead” was taken on the salt flats at Bonneville Salt…

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The Pleasure Chest

The Pleasure Chest – Rubber By The Yard!

Look like your favorite Rock Star. Are you into rubber or just want to look like it? Whips…

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Saint Gertrudes Roman Catholic Cemetery

Buried Here – Don Ciccone Of “The Four Seasons” & “Tommy James and The Shondells”

Don was the frontman, guitar player and lead singer for “The Critters”. They had a Top 20 hit on the…

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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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Joey Ramone’s Former Home

This apartment building was once the home to the Ramone’s lead singer, Joey…

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Eddie Hazel

Buried Here – Eddie Hazel, Founding Member Of “Parliament/Funkadelic”

Eddie was a charter member of “Parliament/Funkadelic”. He was also voted as…

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American Sound Studio

American Sound Studio – Where Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds”, “In the Ghetto” And “Kentucky Rain” Where Recorded

More than one hundred hit songs were recorded here between its founding in 1967 and its …

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Museum of Making Music

The Museum of Making Music

The Museum of Making Music explores the multifaceted history of the American music products industry…

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Buried Here – Karl Mueller

Karl was the bass player for “Soul Asylum”…

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Somers Center Cemetery

Buried here – Gene Pitney – Singer Of “A Town Without Pity”

Gene is best remembered for his memorable recordings of such songs as, “A Town

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Disneyland

Disneyland – The beginning of The Eagles

In 1971, Linda Rondstadt had a week long gig on one of the stages in Disneyland…

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Oceanview Motel

Oceanview Motel – Where Bradley Nowell Of Sublime Died

On May 25, 1996 Bradley James Nowell who was the founder, lead singer, and guitarist of the band Sublime…

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Saint Paul Civic Center Arena

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

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Quality Inn

Where Richard Manuel Of “The Band” Died

On March 3, 1986, The Band played a concert at the Cheek to Cheek Lounge…

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Zellerbach Auditorium

Zellerbach Auditorium

A nice intimate 3,000 seat auditorium that has seen some great bands come…

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Venice Beach

Venice Beach – Where Jim Morrison Met Ray Manzarek

In the summer of 1965, Jim Morrison encounters his fellow film school buddy Ray Manzarek on the beach here…

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Media Recording Studios

Media Recording Studios

These studios are the collaboration of Tommy Mottola, former CEO of Sony…

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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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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The museum exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about…

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Crystal Ballroom

Crystal Ballroom

In the 1960s, bands like the Grateful Dead, Ike & Tina Turner, Country Joe &…

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Albin Rooming House

Albin Rooming House – Big Brother and the Holding company began here

Rod Albin started managing the property in 1964, allowing his brother Peter and other students from San Francisco State …

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Aerosmith

Aerosmith Home

Between 1970 and 1972 the six members of Aerosmith lived here. They penned…

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Cotton Bowl Stadium

The Cotton Bowl Stadium – First Crossroads Guitar Festival Held Here

The first Crossroads Guitar Festival was held at the Cotton Bowl from…

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Sears Point Raceway

Sears Point Raceway – Original venue for Altamont Concert

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

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Savoy-Tivoli

Savoy-Tivoli

In 1976, in a back room here, many great or soon to be great attractions played here…

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Paley Center

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…

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Procol Harum Live

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Procol Harum Live Album

Procol Harum Live In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra” was…

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Alta Cienega Motel

Alta Cienega Motel – Jim Morrison Lived Here

Jim Morrison lived here from 1968-1970, as the sign on room 32 states. Inside the…

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At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash

At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash Album Cover Location

A classic album by Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in May…

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Cornelius Bumpus

Where Cornelius Bumpus Of “The Doobie Brothers” Died

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

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Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles City College has had its share of famous alumni including…

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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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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…

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Cherokee Recording Studios

Cherokee Recording Studios

In the early 1970’s the Robb brothers founded Cherokee Studios on their ranch…

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Pink Floyd At LA Memorial

Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena – Los Angeles Pop Festival

The Los Angeles Pop Festival was held here on December 22 and 23…

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Avalon Ballroom

Avalon Ballroom – Janis Joplin’s First Public Appearance With Big Brother

On June 10, 1966, Janis Joplin made her first public appearance with Big Brother and the…

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The Stooges

The First Stooges House

The Stooges lived and practiced in this house, which they rented during…

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The Rainbow Bar & Grill

The Rainbow Bar & Grill, A Rock N Roll Hang Out And Institution

Originally meant to serve record execs across the street in the 9000 Sunset building…

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Sly Stewart’s Home

In 1964, Sly Stewart of Sly and the Family Stone lived here while he was a DJ at KDIA…

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Hopewell Cemetery

Buried Here – Johnnie Ray

Johnnie was singer, songwriter, pianist and one of the most popular entertainers…

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Centerfold News Stand

Centerfold News Stand – Slash worked here before GNR

This location was a previous employer of Slash of Guns N’Roses. Great magazine …

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Dry Fork Cemetery

Buried Here – Mark Dinning, Jean Dinning, Singer & Writer of “Teen Angel”

Mark’s fame was as the singer of the 1959 hit “Teen Angel.”, Jean, sister of…

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Macola Records

Macola Records

Macola Records, founded in 1984 was a pressing plant where up and coming…

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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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Randy Rhoads Limited Release Cabernet

D’Argenzio Winery – Randy Rhoads Limited Release Cabernet

D’Argenzio Winery has a one time vintage wine called The Randy Rhoads Limited Release…

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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…

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Staples Center

Staples Center

Incredible newer venue which opened in 1999 with concerts from Bruce Springsteen…

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Panther Hall

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…

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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…

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Have Guitar Will Travel

Have Guitar Will Travel by Bo Diddley Album Cover Location

The album cover for Bo Diddley’s “Have Guitar Will Travel” was shot on Northern Blvd…

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The Showcase

One of the Bay Area’s better known nightclubs for black acts in the 60’s and 70’s…

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