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.

Where Bob Burns, Drummer For Lynyrd Skynyrd Died

Bob died in a single car crash after hitting a mailbox and tree on a sharp curve in Cartersville, Georgia…

Alta Cienega Motel – Jim Morrison Lived Here

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

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC

Commonly referred to as the “Kennedy Center”, it is the busiest performing arts facility in the…

“2400 Fulton Street” By The Jefferson Airplane Album Cover Location

This is the location and name of the great double album by Jefferson Airplane…

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, An Open-Air Concert Venue

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

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…

Janis Joplin’s Last Bay Area Residence

Janis Joplin spent the last year of her life here before overdosing at the…

Where Jim Croce Was Killed In A Plane Crash

On September 20, 1973, Jim Croce and five other people were killed when their small…

Where Mikey Welsh Of “Weezer” Died In Chicago

On October 8, 2011, Mikey Welsh, the former bassist for Weezer, was found…

The Singer Bowl – The Doors Headline For The Who In 1968

The Singer Bowl hosted concerts over the years, including a 1968 concert headlined by The Doors with The Who as the opening act. Jimi Hendrix also performed there in August 1968.

Where Darby Crash Of The Germs Died

On December 7, 1980 Darby Crash, the lead singer of The Germs, overdosed on…

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…

Paul’s Mall – First Live Bob Marley Concert In The U.S.

Paul’s Mall had a relatively short life, but in their approximately 15 years of…

John Lennon’s Home At The Dakota, New York, New York

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

Where Tim Buckley Died

Tim Buckley died in the emergency room here at Santa Monica Hospital (now known as…

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

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

Denver Center For The Performing Arts – First Led Zeppelin U.S. Concert

Led Zeppelin played their first ever U.S. concert here on December 26, 1968. On this tour, Led…

The Roxy

At one time or another, if you played Los Angeles, you played at the Roxy. Van Morrison…

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…

Hungry i

The Hungry i was a legendary San Francisco nightclub operated in the late 1950s…

Walnut Ridge Regional Airport – The Beatles Only Visit To Arkansas

The Beatles one and only visit to Arkansas! On September 18, 1964, The …

Criteria Studios – Derek & the Dominoes “Layla”, Eric Clapton’s “461 Ocean Blvd”, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” Recorded Here

Many classic recordings were made here including James Brown’s “I Feel Good”, Aretha Franklin’s…

Sonny Bono Memorial Park In Washington, D.C.

The park was created in 1998, after Sonny Bono’s death, by Bono family friend Geary…

Laurel Canyon Country Store – Best Place To Find Rock Celebrities

This has been a spot to see Rock and Roll celebrities doing their grocery shopping …

Allman Brothers Home & Museum In Macon Georgia

In the early 1970s, the Grand Tudor-style mansion here served as the communal hub around which the family…

“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…

Staples Center

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

X-Ray Cafe Former Location In Portland Oregon

The X-Ray Cafe was a small music venue from 1990 to 1994 in Portland. Some…

The Cow Palace

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

The Ash Grove, One Of The Greatest Folk/Blues Clubs

The Ash Grove was probably the greatest folk/blues club of the sixties. In 1965 the …

Dave Grohl’s Oxnard California Residence

The Foo Fighter picked up this home in 2006 and listed it for sale in June …

The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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

Dusty Groove

One of the best stores of its kind in the United States to find soul, funk, latin, Brazilian and…

Hunter College, Where Janis Joplin Last Played with Big Brother

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

Vocal Group Hall of Fame In Sharon Pennsylvania

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was created to present the music history of vocal groups to people of…

Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments

The Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in music history. It contains instruments from around the world. There’s a collection of correspondence from famous composers…

Hollywood Bowl Museum & Hall of Fame – Los Angeles California

Founded in 2000, the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame “celebrates those performers…

Fillmore Records

Cold Blood was one of the first rock groups to be signed by Bill Graham’s Fillmore…

Brooklyn High School – First Ever Filmed Elvis Concert Was Here

On October 20, 1955, Elvis Presley performed in this school’s auditorium. It is believed to be…

The Paramount Theatre

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

Ray Manzarek’s Last Los Angeles Area Home

Ray and his family lived here for many years before moving to Napa…

Hof Brau Hotel – First Performance Of “Rock Around The Clock”

On April 12, 1954 Bill Haley and the Comets first performed “(We’re Gonna)…

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel – John & Yoko Bed-In Location

When John Lennon and Yoko Ono were refused entry into the United States…

WDIA – AM 1070 – First U.S. Radio Station Programmed & Staffed By African-Americans

In 1962 WDIA became the first U.S. radio station programmed by African…

The Crocodile Café In Seattle The Home Of Secret Grunge Concerts

Considered the Seattle rock scene’s home away from home, The Crocodile…

Brother Records

In 1966 The Beach Boys formed their own record label housed here. Their…

82 Club – Legendary Drag Club Attracted Glam Rockers And Celebrities

This was a legendary drag club, during the 60’s and 70’s, this place became a popular hang …

The Orpheum – The Doors Live in Vancouver 1970 Album Recorded Here

As part of their “Roadhouse Blues Tour”, the Doors played here and most…

Cathay De Grande

An influential small club where many bands including the “Go-Go’s”, “The Blasters” and…

Stanley Theatre In Pittsburgh, Home Of The Last Bob Marley Concert

The Stanley Theatre, now known as The Benedum Center for the Performing…

Terrace Ballroom Former Location In Salt Lake City Utah

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

KTLA Los Angeles, Location Of The Doors First Television Appearance

Casey Kasem hosted a show called “Shebang” on KTLA, Channel 5 in…

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Zilker Park

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

Waterloo Records & Video

Along with a knowledgeable staff and an emphasis on customer service, these guys are the…

Lido Apartments – Hotel California Album Lobby Shot Here

As you may know, there is no Hotel California in Los Angeles, the cover of the album is actually a…

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…

Hasten Down The Wind By Linda Ronstadt Album Cover Location

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

Marty Balin’s Home

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

The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers Album Cover Location

An old stone house in Topanga Canyon, just above Malibu, California, was the location for the cover…

California Polytechnic State University

On May 19, 1967 The Jefferson Airplane played in the Men’s Gym at Cal Poly. Billed…