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:

The Burbank Studios

NBC Studios – The Burbank Studios

Now known as “The Burbank Studios” it was the home to the long running …

Wild Honey

Brian Wilson’s Former Home

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

Ivar Bar

Ivar Bar

One of the few rock venues in the early 60’s in Hollywood, it then became a strip…

Dog In The Sand by Frank Black

Dog In The Sand by Frank Black Album Cover Location

The Sutro Bath ruins was the location of the album cover for Frank Black’s…

Rolling Stone Magazine’s old headquarters

On November 9, 1967 Jann Wenner and his staffed rolled out the first issue of…

Natural Fudge Cafe

Natural Fudge Cafe

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

The Sweetwater

The Sweetwater

The Sweetwater is the legendary Mill Valley music club which for over 30 years has been the…

Del Shannon

Where Del Shannon Died

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

Greetings From Asbury Park N.J.

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

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

Frank Zappa's House In Laurel Canyon

Frank Zappa’s House In Laurel Canyon

Frank Zappa lived in this house for a few years in the mid 60’s. He had to finally leave as it became…

Sweet Baby James

James Taylor – Sweet Baby James Album Cover Location

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

Ike and Tina Turner Home

Ike and Tina Turner’s Home

The Turner’s lived here throughout much of the 60’s and 70’s…

Buddy Holly Center

Buddy Holly Center Promotes The Legacy Of Buddy Holly

The Buddy Holly Center has dual missions; preserving, collecting and promoting the legacy…

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

Planet Hollywood Resort And Casino – Elvis Married Priscilla Here

Formerly known as The Aladdin, this hotel/casino opened on March 31…

Abraham LIncoln HIgh School

Abraham Lincoln High School – Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka And Buddy Rich

Abraham Lincoln High School has a number of music related alumni including…

The Palomino

The Palomino

The Palomino has long been known as a country-flavored club, but in the 80’s…

Americana- Hotel Rochester-

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…

Shea Stadium

Shea Stadium

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

Spring Hill Cemetery

Buried Here – John Hartford, Floyd Cramer And Pete Drake

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

San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University

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

Evergreen Cemetery - Clarion

Buried Here – Glen Buxton, Founding Member, Lead Guitar For “Alice Cooper”

Glen was a founding member of the band that became “Alice Cooper”…

GP by Gram Parsons

GP by Gram Parsons Album Cover Location

The cover of Gram Parsons’ album “GP” was shot in the lobby of Chateau…

Turnstiles by Billy Joel

Turnstiles by Billy Joel Album Cover Location

Billy Joel’s “Turnstiles” album cover was shot at the Astor place subway station…

The Anti Club

This was the closest thing left in L. A. to the underground clubs of the eighties. The Anti-Club…

Henry Rollins’ Home

Henry Rollins lived here for a short time in the 1980’s…

Hibbing High School

Hibbing High School, Hibbing MN – Bob Dylan Went To School Here

Bob Dylan, then known as Robert Zimmerman, graduated from high school here in May 1959…

Murmur Back Cover by R.E.M.

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…

MTV’s Original Studio

When the channel first launched on August 1, 1981, its original purpose was to play…

Saint Patrick Cemetery

Buried Here – Benjamin Orr, Co-Founder, Bassist & Singer of “The Cars”

Ben was the co-founder along with Ric Ocasek of “The Cars.” He was their bass…

The Topanga Canyon Inn

The Topanga Canyon Inn

Warren Roche, former studio trumpet player who recorded hits such as “September”…

University of Southern California

University of Southern California

Rock music attendees and graduates included: Herb Alpert and Mark McGrath…

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…

Ronnie Lane

Buried Here – Ronnie Lane, Co-Founder Of The Small Faces

In 1965, Ronnie co-founded The Small Faces later known as The Faces…

Rod Price Gravestone

Buried here – Rod Price, Founding Member & Guitar Player For Foghat

Rod was a founding member and guitar player for “Foghat.”…

KSAN Classic Rock

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…

McCabe's Guitar Shop

McCabe’s Guitar Shop

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

Desert Memorial Park

Buried Here – Sonny Bono, Half Of Sonny & Cher And Frank Sinatra, Chairman Of The Board

Buried here are multiple artists including: Sonny Bono. Famous as one half of Sonny…

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”…

Jim Morrison's Childhood Home

Jim Morrison’s Childhood Home In Arlington Virginia

The childhood residence of Jim Morrison went up for sale in June of 2013…

Hermitage Memorial Gardens

Buried Here – Doug Woody, Bassist For The Allman Brothers Band & James Hall

Allen was a former bassist for the Allman Brothers Band and founder of…

The Mansion

The Mansion Recording Studio And Residence Owned By Rick Rubin

This 10-bedroom villa built in 1923 has a long history including being the one-time home of Errol Flynn.

Dave Grohl’s Oxnard California Residence

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

Captain Beefheart’s Home

his rustic pad in Woodland Hills was once home to Don van Vliet…

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young Album Cover Location

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s album cover for “Everybody Knows This Is…

Hotel California Album Inside Picture

Lido Apartments – Hotel California album lobby was shot here

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

Michigan Memorial Park

Buried Here – Joseph “Joe C” Calleja, Sidekick & Friend Of Kid Rock

Known as “Joe C,” he was the sidekick and friend of rock/rap musician…

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 …

Leonard Cohen

Buried Here – Leonard Cohen, Singer, Songwriter, Musician And Poet

Leonard was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and poet. His work mostly explored religion…

The Grateful Dead House

The Grateful Dead House In San Francisco California

Every true Deadhead already knows this address and the lore behind this house. The Grateful Dead actually…

Cornell University

Cornell University In Ithaca Had Many Musical Alumni

Some of the many musicians that studied at Cornell include: Harry Chapin…

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…

Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame honors musicians, both past and present, who have contributed…

Warning by Green Day

Warning by Green Day Album Cover Location

The cover for Green Day’s “Warning” album was filmed in San Francisco’s…

Crossroads of the World

Crossroads of the World – Wally Heider Mobile Recording Studio

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

Pinelawn Memorial Park

Buried Here – John Coltrane, Curtis “King” Ousley

Buried here are multiple artists including: Curtis “King” Ousley, John Coltrane, William “Count…

Musician Union Hall Local 47 Building

Musician Union Hall Local 47 – Gotta join if you want to work in L.A.

This is where you go when music is your livelihood. Whether you’re a superstar or play the…

Pico and Sepulveda

Pico and Sepulveda – by Freddy Martin and his orchestra

Pico and Sepulveda” was originally a 1947 song by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra…

Delaney Bramlett's Home

Delaney Bramlett’s Home

At one time Delaney Bramlett was a regular on the television show Shindig! as…

Darby Crash

Where Darby Crash of The Germs Died

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

SST Records

SST Records Former Location In Long Beach California

SST was an early punk rock independent record label that is still operating…

Nashville Skyline

Nashville Skyline by Bob Dylan Album Cover Location

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

Lowell George

Where Lowell George Of Little Feat Died

On June 29, 1979, while on tour promoting his “Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here”…

Sunset Sound

Sunset Sound – “The Doors”, “Led Zeppelin II”, “Led Zeppelin IV”, “Beggars Banquet”, “Exile on Main Street”

Recording studios rarely have the kind of history that Sunset Sound has enjoyed. Led Zeppelin…

Eddie Kendrick

Buried Here – Eddie Kendricks, A Lead Singer Of “The Temptations”

Kendrick was one of the original members of The Temptations…

Empire Stadium

Empire Stadium – The Beatles’ First Canadian Concert

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

Wild Honey

Wild Honey By The Beach Boys Album Cover Location

The cover of “Wild Honey” was a photo of one of the stained glass windows…

WDIA – AM 1070

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…

Stephen Stills' Former Home

Stephen Stills And Peter Tork’s Former Home Off Of Laurel Canyon

Stephen Stills’ house was a Rock hangout where Crosby, Stills & Nash first began their early…

Buried Here – Bill Pinkney Last Surviving Member Of “The Drifters”

Bill was the last surviving member of the original lineup of the rhythm and…

Oshawa Civic Auditorium

Oshawa Civic Auditorium In Oshawa Ontario, Canada

On April 22, 1979, the Auditorium hosted two benefit concerts for the…

Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco

Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco

Rodney Bingenheimer ran this place for a while in the 70’s and early 80’s. He also…

Moby Grape By Moby Grape

“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…

Fan Asylum

Fan Asylum – Managers of rock and roll fan clubs

Fan Asylum has been managing and coordinating fan club programs for many stars. Their client ..

Terrace Ballroom

Terrace Ballroom Former Location In Salt Lake City Utah

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

Poster For Longshoremen's Hall

Longshoremen’s Hall – Early San Francisco Bay Area Venue

This is where the notorious Acid Test’s were held in the mid 1960’s. The Trips Festival…

Topanga Corral

Topanga Corral, Inspiration For “Roadhouse Blues” By The Doors

The Topanga Corral will be forever remembered as the place were Canned…

Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Pasadena Civic Auditorium

The Civic Auditorium is probably best known for hosting the Motown 25th Anniversary…

Hasten Down The Wind by Linda Ronstadt

Hasten Down The Wind by Linda Ronstadt Album Cover Location

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

Macola Records

Macola Records Former Location In Los Angeles

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