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.

NRG Recording Services

One of the premier recording studios in Los Angeles. NRG is fully equipped to accommodate…

How Great Thou Art by Elvis Presley Album Cover Location

As one of the most photographed churches in the U.S., the First Church…

Pet Sounds By The Beach Boys Album Cover Location

The Beach Boys were photographed feeding goats at the San Diego Zoo for their…

The Gilded Palace Of Sin By The Flying Burrito Brothers Album Cover Location

The Flying Burrito Brothers photographed themselves just off of the main drag in …

The Captain And Me By The Doobie Brothers Album Cover Location

A portion of Interstate 5 collapsed during the 1971 San Fernando Valley earthquake…

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…

Michael Jackson And All Of The Other Jackson’s Childhood Home

This is the place where Michael, Janet, La Toya et. al. were raised…

The Cocoanut Grove

The Cocoanut Grove, was a supper club located in the Ambassador Hotel, it opened in April…

Rhode Island School of Design – The Talking Heads Met Here

Three of the members of The Talking Heads originally met while enrolled here…

The Fillmore Auditorium

The Fillmore Auditorium is a legendary music venue in San Francisco made famous…

9000 Sunset Building – Home Of Music And PR Companies

Once the center of the music industry, this building housed most of LA’s influential…

Hejira by Joni Mitchell Album Cover Location

The cover for “Hejira” was photographed on Lake Mendota soon after an…

San Francisco Art Exchange – Art Created By And About Musicians

One of the best places around to find art either created by Rock and Roll artists or…

Sun Studio, Legendary Recording Studio And Cover Of “The Complete Million Dollar Quartet” Album

Opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips on January 3, 1950, some of the most…

Chris Hillman’s Former Home In Los Angeles

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

The I-Beam

The I-Beam was a famous gay disco for years, in 1980 they started to have special…

Where Stevie Ray Vaughan Died In A Helicopter Crash

Stevie Ray Vaughan, one of the greatest electric guitar players of all time died in a helicopter…

Back In Town By The Kingston Trio Album Cover Location

The Kingston Trio’s live album “Back In Town” was photographed at this intersection…

Crossroads of the World – Wally Heider Mobile Recording Studio

This is a one-of-a-kind classic Los Angeles landmark…

University of Georgia – Mike Mills, Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

Many musicians attended/graduated from the University including:

Temple De Hirsch In Seattle Held Jimi Hendrix’s First Ever Gig

Jimi Hendrix’s first gig was with an unnamed band in the basement of this…

Pasadena City College – Members of Van Halen Attended School Here

Due to it’s proximity to Hollywood and the studios found nearby, Pasadena …

Studio at The Palms – First Recording Studio Located Inside A Casino

The Studio at The Palms is the first ever recording studio located inside a casino…

Master Recorders

Originally a recording studio specializing in jazz, many pop/rock artists recorded…

The Ice House – Folk And Comedy Club

In the 1960s, Folk music was in its prime, and The Ice House was America’s top folk club…

James Taylor – Sweet Baby James Album Cover Location

One of the dozens of pictures taken that day became the cover of James’ breakthrough record…

Magoo’s Pizza Parlor Where The Warlocks, Later Known As The Grateful Dead, Played Their First Gig

On May 5th, 1965 a group called the “Warlocks” played their first gig at Magoo’s Pizza…

Gazzarri’s

The Godfather of Rock and Roll was a staple on L. A. airwaves with his commercials for years…

Garden Of Allah – They Paved Paradise And Put Up A Parking Lot

A fabled apartment/hotel that welcomed transient show business guests from 1935…

Wingate Park Where Curtis Mayfield Was Struck And Paralyzed

On August 14, 1990, Curtis Mayfield was struck and paralyzed by a lighting scaffold…

Seattle Center International Fountain Location Of Kurt Cobain’s Wake

This placid site brought distraught fans together to mark the passing…

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…

FIrst ZZ Top Show – Knights of Columbus Hall

On Feb. 10, 1970, ZZ Top played their first show with what is their now iconic lineup of Billy Gibbons…

Van Nuys High School, One Location For The Film “Rock and Roll High School”

This was the location for the 1979 movie, “Rock and Roll High School,” featuring …

Philadelphia Record Exchange

The place to buy and sell your cd’s, records and tapes in Philadelphia.

Will Rogers Memorial Park – George Michael Was Busted Here

On April 7, 1998, British pop singer George Michael (formerly of Wham!) was arrested for…

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…

Goose Lake International Music Festival In Leoni Township, MI

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

Joey Ramone’s Former Home

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

The Edgewater Hotel, Seattle WA – The Beatles Stayed Here In 1964

This hotel of choice for many ’60s and ’70s rock stars extends over Elliott Bay…

Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Home Of Los Angeles Pop Festival

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

Live At The Harlem Square Club By Sam Cooke Album Cover Location

In 1963 Sam Cooke recorded what is regarded as one of the greatest ever…

Tina Turner Museum – World’s Largest Collection Of Tina Turner Memorabilia

The school was originally in Nutbush, Tina’s home town, before it was moved to…

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…

1987 U2 Rooftop Concert Location Of “Where The Streets Have No Name” Video

In 1987 U2 recorded the video for “Where the Streets Have No Name” on this…

“This Land is Your Land” Was Written At Hanover House Hotel

Hanover House, was an inexpensive hotel for transients located on the…

Untitled by The Byrds Album Cover Location

Besides being famous for scenes from “Rebel Without A Cause”, and Laserium, the Griffith…

NBC Studios, New York – Home to Saturday Night Live

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

Fox Venice Theater

John Lee Hooker recorded a live album here with Canned Heat called “Live at the…

The Riverboat Coffeehouse In Toronto Ontario, Canada

The Riverboat opened in October, 1964 and closed in June of 1978…

Fame Recording Studios In Muscle Shoals

Fame has worked in the studio with some of the greatest artists in rock music history. Artists such as…

Where Larry Knechtel Of The Wrecking Crew Died

Larry became part of the Los Angeles session musician scene, working with Phil Spector as a pianist…

Sunset Marquis Hotel – The Whisky Bar

The Sunset Marquis Hotel has been known as a hangout for rock musicians. It…

Ben Frank’s – A Favorite Rock N Roll Hangout In The Sixties

This used to be a favorite hangout in the ’60’s for many rockers including Frank…

Where David Bowie & Iggy Pop Were Arrested For Pot Possession

David Bowie and Iggy Pop, who was touring with Bowie at the time, were charged with marijuana possession…

The Berkeley Square, Former Venue In Berkeley

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

The Comedy Store – Previously Ciro’s Where The Byrds Became Famous

Certainly famous in its own right as one the original places where the current…

“Love Street House” – Where Jim Morrison And Pamela Morrison Lived

The song “Love Street” was written by Jim Morrison about this street off of Laurel…

Dead Man’s Curve – Jan Berry Had A Near-Fatal Car Accident Here

The story of “Dead Man’s Curve”, made famous in the Jan & Dean song, ironically…