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 Electric Circus

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

The Cotati Cabaret

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

Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Home Of Los Angeles Pop Festival

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

Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame

The Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame museum is located in the Jackson/Evers International…

Ricky Nelson’s Boyhood Home

This is the home that Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson lived in until the time…

Levon Helm Studios – Home Of “The Midnight Ramble Sessions”

Levon was the host of The Midnight Ramble Sessions which was named for the traveling minstrel shows of his youth.

Joan Jett’s Former Residence

When Joan Jett first moved to Los Angeles in 1977, she rented an apartment here, not far…

Civic Arena – Former Concert Venue In Pittsburgh

Also known as Mellon Arena, many large famous rock and pop acts have…

KTLA Los Angeles, Location Of The Doors First Television Appearance

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

The Onion – Los Angeles Acid Test In 1966

The Grateful Dead played here in early 1966 as part of the Acid Test series…

Minor Earth, Major Sky by a-ha Album Cover Location

The nose section of a 737 located at the airplane graveyard next to the…

The Rock and Blues Museum

Covering the museum walls and in the colorful display cases, you’ll find beautiful artwork…

The Boarding House

Besides being one of the premier comedy clubs in San Francisco many a great…

Cheek to Cheek Lounge – Last Gig For Richard Manuel Of “The Band”

The lounge formerly known as the Don Quixote lounge was remodeled and renamed the Cheek to Cheek Lounge in 1981…

Mudd Club – “This Ain’t No Mudd Club Or CBGBs”

The Mudd Club opened in 1978 and very quickly became a hot late night…

Atlantic Records

Atlantic was founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson and was originally conceived…

Zellerbach Auditorium

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

Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame

Established in 1986, the Philadelphia Music Alliance is a community-based…

Onondaga County War Memorial In Syracuse NY – Live Duane Allman With Derek and the Dominos

After recording Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, Derek and the Dominos headed back to America…

Tower Records – The Los Angeles Location Of Former Record Store Chain

They used to have an awesome selection of vinyl and CD’s. You could see just about anyone…

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…

Comfort Inn – Where Jani Lane of “Warrant” Died

Jani Lane was the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant.

Harvard University

Past students included: Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads)…

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…

The Brill Building – Where Many Classic Rock And Pop Songs Were Born

The Brill Building is home to some of the most important music offices in Manhattan..

TTG Studios

This is where the Doors recorded their third album, Waiting For The Sun. This is also the…

Brother Records

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

“Moby Grape” By Moby Grape Album Cover Location

The cover of Moby Grape’s self-titled first album was shot in front of Junktiques, an antique…

San Francisco State University

Alumni include: Marty Balin, George Duke and Paul Desmond…

El Corazón In Seattle WA, Formerly The Off Ramp – Pearl Jam’s First Gig

Formerly “The Off Ramp“, El Corazón has hosted pretty much every band to come out of …

Capitol Records – The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran

According to legend the design of this building is meant to represent a stack…

Soul Kitchen Community Restaurant – Owned By The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation

Soul Kitchen is a program of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. The…

The Beatle’s Home During Their 1965 Tour Of The U.S.

The Beatles rented this home while touring through Los Angeles in 1965.

Heavenly Ski Resort – Where Sonny Bono Died

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

The Kabuki Theater

In 1981 Bill Graham started weekly shows here with such famous acts as Eurythmics…

Epitaph Records

Epitaph Records is an independent music label founded in Los Angeles by Bad Religion…

Knott’s John Wayne Theater – Last Everly Brothers Concert

On July 14, 1973 at what was once the John Wayne Theater at the world…

Hollywood Palace

First opened in 1927 and originally a theater, then one of television’s first studios…

Back In Town By The Kingston Trio Album Cover Location

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

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Opened in 1927, this Hotel has seen its fair share of history. The first ever Academy…

Paramount Theater

Alan Freed presented live rock shows here including those by artists like Buddy Holly…

Great Stage Park In Manchester – Home of Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival

Great Stage Park is the home to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival…

Funky Features

What originally started as a home recording studio quickly became a favorite recording…

Figure 8 by Elliott Smith Album Cover Location In Los Angeles

Elliott Smith was a singer-songwriter that suffered from depression…

Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Santa Rosa’s central location in Sonoma County made the Fairgrounds a good ‘extra date’…

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…

Where Darby Crash Of The Germs Died

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

Frank Zappa’s Last Home, Where He Died

This Estate is located on a secluded drive in the Hollywood Hills. The property includes a rooftop…

Wingate Park Where Curtis Mayfield Was Struck And Paralyzed

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

Peppermint Tree

As are many locations in the Bay Area, this location had many persona’s throughout…

Ray Manzarek’s Last Los Angeles Area Home

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

“Nashville Skyline” By Bob Dylan Album Cover Location

The cover for Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline ” was taken just outside of Dylan’s…

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…

Joey Ramone’s Former Home

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

Now & Then By The Carpenters Album Cover Location

Now & Then featured a three-panel cover that folded out, showing a panoramic…

Untitled by The Byrds Album Cover Location

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

Earth Angel Recording Site

The song was originally recorded by The Penguins as a demo at former big band bassist…

Keystone Berkeley – Creedence Clearwater Revival’s First Gig

Creedence Clearwater Revival played their first gig here when it was called New…

Elvis Presley Birthplace In Tupelo

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

Dick Clark Productions

Dick Clark is best remembered as the host of American Bandstand. He went on to…