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 Otis Redding Was Killed

On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays…

Uncle Charlie’s – Huey Lewis And The News Early Concert Venue

Seemingly just another bar in a suburban shopping center, this is the place that Huey Lewis…

Frampton Comes Alive By Peter Frampton Album Cover Location

Some of Frampton Comes Alive was recorded at the Marin Veterans…

Ray Manzarek’s Last Los Angeles Area Home

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

Shea Stadium

On August 15, 1965, The Beatles played here on their second concert tour of the United…

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix Post Office Building

Washington state officials passed a bill to rename a post office near Jimi Hendrix’s hometown of Seattle…

Scott Joplin House State Historic Site In St. Louis Missouri

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

Grand Olympic Auditorium – Los Angeles

Originally built for the 1932 Summer Olympic Games, this venue has seen its share of…

Swing Auditorium – Buffalo Springfield’s First Concert

The auditorium was the launching point of the first American tour of The Rolling Stones. The…

Where John Cipollina, Lead Guitar For Quicksilver Messenger Service Died

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

The Cutting Room – Music And Video Production

Clients include: Aerosmith, John Legend, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Danger…

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…

O’Keefe Centre Now Known As Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

On July 31st through August 5th, 1967 Bill Graham brought the San Francisco…

Bard College – Donald Fagen And Walter Becker Met Here

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker met here and after a brief time as staff songwriters at…

The Alamo Gets Peed On By A Drunk Ozzy Osbourne

In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne was taking part in a tour across the United States…

Amoeba Music – Berkeley

Recently voted one of Rolling Stone Magazines ” Best Record Stores in the USA.” This is the…

McCabe’s Guitar Shop

McCabe’s is one of the oldest guitar stores in the Los Angeles area. Shows…

The Ballard Firehouse Was A Seattle Washington Concert Venue

This converted fire station became a venue for many bands. The Kinks The Fixx…

Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium

Built in 1913, it was originally known as the Oakland Civic Auditorium. In 1984, following…

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds – Northern California Folk-Rock Festivals

For many years, the Fairgrounds Grandstand Arena held huge concerts with famous …

Delmonico Hotel – Where The Beatles Met Bob Dylan

Now called The Trump Park Avenue, this was the location where The Beatles…

Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School – ZZ Top Prom Performance

ZZ Top played the prom at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High Schooll…

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…

Brian Wilson’s Former Home

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

Lindley Meadows – Golden Gate Park

In 1975 Jerry Garcia and Friends (really The Grateful Dead) returned from a year off …

James Taylor – Sweet Baby James Album Cover Location

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

Where George Harrison Died

The address listed on the death certificate is 1971 Coldwater Canyon, Beverly Hills, CA…

MacArthur Park – Don’t Leave Your Cake Out In The Rain

Yes there really is a MacArthur Park, whether it’s melting in the dark or not…

Radio City Music Hall , Hosted Some Of The Greatest Rock N Roll Acts Of All Time

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

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…

Manassas by Stephen Stills Album Cover Location

The cover of Stephen Stills classic album was shot at the Manassas AmTrak…

KSAN – A Pioneering Classic Rock FM Station In San Francisco

There have been many incarnations of KSAN, this article will cover the one that on May 21, 1968…

Neverland Ranch – Michael Jackson’s Home In Los Olivos

Neverland Valley Ranch (formerly the Sycamore Valley Ranch) is located in Santa…

FM Station

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

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…

The Road Is No Place For A Lady By Mama Cass Album Cover Location

Opened in 1947, and owned by the Los Angeles City Recreation and Park Department…

“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…

Walnut Ridge Regional Airport – The Beatles Only Visit To Arkansas

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

Carly Simon And James Taylor’s New York Home

Carly Simon married James Taylor in 1972 and they divorced in 1983, during that time…

Gazzarri’s

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

The Trident

After The Rolling Stones great 1972 performances at the Winterland, Bill Graham rented…

Live Bullet By Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band Album Cover Location

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band would pack Cobo Arena long before they…

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…

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…

Where Del Shannon Died

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

Mars Hotel – There Really Was A Mars Hotel

Yep, there really was a Mars Hotel… it was only a few blocks away from where…

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…

The Panhandle In Golden Gate Park

This little strip of land, just a few blocks north of the Haight has been the site of many…

The Doors Residence On Lookout Mountain

In the Late 60’s, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore lived here.

Tapestry By Carole King Album Cover Location

This is the home where the picture on the cover of Carole King’s monster…

The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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

The Who Play Union Catholic High School On Their First U.S. Tour

As this was their first North American tour, before they gained enormous fame at Woodstock, they played a lot of smaller venues such as this High School.

Long Island Arena – Part Of Frampton Comes Alive Was Recorded Here

Probably the most famous performance here was when Peter Frampton appeared in August 1975 and…

Philadelphia Record Exchange

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

Agoura High School In Agoura Hills Alumni Include Members Of Linkin Park

Students included Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda of Linkin…

Village Recording Studios

Many great classic rock albums were recorded here including: Goat’s Head Soup – Rolling…

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”…

Wingate Park Where Curtis Mayfield Was Struck And Paralyzed

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

Natural Fudge Cafe

This was one of the many venues that up and coming acts would use to hone…

Novato Community House Former Venue

Lots of local musicians played here in the early 60’s and many of them went…