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 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…

Les Paul’s Former Home In Los Angeles

Les Paul and his wife Mary Ford lived here in the 40’s and 50’s and in the garage…

Sharon Tate House, Also Used By Trent Reznor & Marilyn Manson

Best know as the place where Charles Manson sent his minions to kill Sharon Tate and…

House of Blues

Part of the chain that includes locations in New Orleans and Cambridge, MA…

MCA Records

MCA Records was part of the Music Corporation of America (MCA). In 2003, it was bought…

Album Cover Location For Both “Da Capo” and “Love” By Love

The covers for “Da Capo” and “Love” by the L.A. band Love where shot at the one…

Boom Boom Room In San Francisco’s Old Fillmore District

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s old Fillmore district, the Club is a sultry, down…

The Mondrian Hotel – Failed Milli Vanilli Suicide Attempt

The Mondrian hotel has long been popular with the rock crowd, attracting …

Ulysses S. Grant Senior High School

The L.A. Times once referred to this as a “rock ‘n’ roll” high school. Some famous…

Where Frankie Lymon Died Of A Heroin Overdose

Frankie Lymon was a rock ‘n roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter…

Standin’ on the Corner Park – Commemorating The Song “Take It Easy”By The Eagles

Standin’ on the Corner Park is a public park, commemorating the song “Take It Easy”, written…

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

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

Calliope Warehouse Loft In San Francisco, Venue For First Ever Bill Graham Concert

Bill Graham threw his first concert – a legal defense fundraiser for the …

Stuyvesant High School

Student body notable musicians include: Walter Becker, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Thelonious Monk…

Dallas International Motor Speedway – Texas International Pop Festival

The Texas International Pop Festival was held here, on Labor Day weekend…

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.

The Captain And Me By The Doobie Brothers Album Cover Location

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

“Cold Spring Harbor” By Billy Joel Album Cover Location

The cover for Billy Joel’s “Cold Spring Harbor ” was shot here…

Erasmus Hall High School – Clive Davis, Neil Diamond And Marky Ramone

Erasmus Hall High School was a four-year public high school founded in 1786 as Erasmus Hall Academy

Former Location Of The Record Collector In Los Angeles

THE best place in Los Angeles to find unusual and rare used records. They have…

Epitaph Records

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

The Lion’s Share – Janis Joplin’s Wake Was Held Here

San Anselmo was home to Marin’s premiere rock venue, the Lion’s Share located near United…

“Nashville Skyline” By Bob Dylan Album Cover Location

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

Hawthorne High School – The Beach Boys Attended School Here

Hawthorne High School’s most famous alumni are The Beach Boys…

WJW – AM – Alan Freed Who Coined The Term “Rock N Roll” Was A DJ Here

Alan Freed, the DJ that coined the term “rock n’ roll”, got his first gig here in 1951…

Chateau Liberte – Early Doobie Brothers Venue

The Chateau Liberte was a legendary rock & roll bar in the Santa Cruz mountains. It was an…

Club Lingerie

Once a very popular club site for the late-night set. Don’t blink when you drive by as…

Casablanca Records – Former Location In West Hollywood, CA

After leaving Buddah Records in 1973, Neil Bogart started Casablanca Records…

Ozzy Osbourne’s Home Featured On Their MTV Show

Ozzy and his family lived here in the 90’s and early 00’s.

The Orphanage

Another location that housed many clubs, as the Orphanage, this location hosted…

The Matrix – First Concert Location For The Jefferson Airplane

The Matrix was opened by Marty Balin in 1965 as a place where his new as yet unnamed…

Warner Playhouse In Los Angeles – An Early Doors Concert Venue

When the Doors where first starting out in Los Angeles, they played at a…

Santana Supernatural Brut By Mumm Napa

Carlos Santana partnered with Mumm Napa to release some limited edition sparkling wines. The collaboration…

Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads, A Restaurant And Concert Venue

Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads is a restaurant and music venue with a beautiful waterfront…

9000 Sunset Building – Home Of Music And PR Companies

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

Buddy Holly Center Promotes The Legacy Of Buddy Holly

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

59th Street Bridge – “Feelin’ Groovy” By Simon & Garfunkel

Officially now known as “The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge”, the bridge was used…

The Stone Pony – Bruce Springsteen Performs Regularly Here

The Stone Pony, opened its doors on Feb. 8, 1974 in a building which formerly…

Greek Theater

A wonderful outdoor setting located in Griffith Park. Many of the top bands of the last…

461 Ocean Blvd By Eric Clapton Album Cover Location

Clapton’s classic 1974 album was named after the beautiful beach home…

Where Tommy Boyce, Songwriter For “The Monkees” & Others Died

Tommy was best known as one of the writers, along with Bobby Hart, of…

Guns N’ Roses Former Home

The band lived here in the early 1980’s before they hit it big…

Dave Grohl’s Oxnard California Residence

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

Kent State, Location Of The Tragic Event Of May 4, 1970

The tragic events of May 4, 1970, when National Guardsman fired upon protesting students, killing four of them – Allison Krause,

Where George Harrison Died

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

Offices of Melvin Belli – The Rolling Stone’s Lawyer

Melvin Belli was a prominent lawyer known as “The King of Torts”, and by detractors…

The Mercury Lounge

Since it opened in the early 90’s, many famous artists have played here including Radiohead…

Seattle Center International Fountain Location Of Kurt Cobain’s Wake

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

Time Capsule By The B-52’s Album Cover Location

The cover for The B-52’s album “Time Capsule” was shot at The Unisphere in Queens…

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…

Sheraton Gunter Hotel – Robert Johnson Recorded Here

On November 23, 1936, in Room 414, a talent scout arranged a session with…

“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…

The Levitt Shell, Memphis – Considered First Venue For A Rock Concert

Previously known as the Overton Park Shell and the Raoul Wallenberg Shell…

Figure 8 by Elliott Smith Album Cover Location In Los Angeles

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

Graceland West – Elvis Presley’s Home In Palm Springs

Elvis Presley originally bought the five-bedroom, seven-bath home in 1970…

Bruce Springsteen’s Long Branch Home Where He Wrote “Born To Run”

This is the home that Bruce Springsteen was living in when he wrote his…

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne’s Home in Hidden Hills Area Of Los Angeles

This was one of many L.A. area homes that Ozzy and Sharon owned, but don’t…

The Magic Mushroom/Cinnamon Cinder

Many rock bands of the ’60’s played here including Randy Meisner, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band…

Wild Honey By The Beach Boys Album Cover Location

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

Devil’s Crossroads Where Robert Johnson Sold His Soul To The Devil

This is “The Crossroads,” the location where legend says blues great Robert Johnson sold…