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.

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…

“Shapes And Patterns” By Swing Out Sister Album Cover Location

Swing Out Sister’s “Shapes and Patterns” album cover was shot at Astro Land …

Where Jam Master Jay Was Killed

DJ Jam Master Jay was shot and killed while working at a recording studio in Jamaica, Queens…

Coconut Teaszer

This location has a long history as a club, but its longest incarnation was as the Coconut…

Hard Rock Cafe – San Francisco

If you like rock and roll memorabilia, this is the place to visit, like the other locations…

Gold Star Recording Studios

This is where legendary producer Phil Spector created his famous “Wall of Sound” …

Wolfgang’s

Almost immediately after opening in 1983, this 600 seat location called Wolfgang’…

Monster Island Recording Studio

Current and past clients include: Chaka Khan, Meshell N’degeocello, Lucy…

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…

The Bitter End

Many music legends played here, many got some of their first gigs here as well. Here’s a…

The Metropolitan Opera House

In 1970, for two nights, The Who performed some of the first ever live performances…

At Folsom Prison By Johnny Cash Album Cover Location

A classic album by Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in May…

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.

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…

Drinking Gourd – The Beginning Of Jefferson Airplane

This is the location where Marty Balin first met Paul Kantner. The “Gourd” was a kind of…

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 …

Buddy Holly’s Final Home

In 1958, Holly had left the Crickets and moved to New York City to be closer…

Deauville Beach Resort – The Beatles On The Ed Sullivan Show

On February 16, 1964, the Beatles taped their second appearance on the…

Where Tim Buckley Died

Tim Buckley died in the emergency room here at Santa Monica Hospital (now known as…

Dion’s Childhood Home In New York

Dion grew up here. He is best remembered as the leader of Dion & The Belmonts…

KTLA Los Angeles, Location Of The Doors First Television Appearance

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

Le Studio – Famous Recording Studio In Morin-Heights, Quebec

Le Studio, which later became Studio Morin Heights was a recording studio…

Paul’s Mall – First Live Bob Marley Concert In The U.S.

Paul’s Mall had a relatively short life, but in their approximately 15 years of…

United Record Pressing

United Record Pressing was founded as “Southern Plastics” in 1949, the same year …

NRG Recording Services

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

“Gumbo” By Dr. John Album Cover Location

This is the location of the Farmer John Company’s slaughterhouse. The outside wall…

Napa State Hospital – Early Cramps Venue

On June 13, 1978, Lux Interior and his band the Cramps played an event at the hospital that…

The Masque – Former Venue On Santa Monica Blvd.

A small punk rock club in central Hollywood which existed off and on from 1977 to 1979…

P.S. 164 – Paul Simon And Art Garfunkel First Met Here

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel met at this school when they were both around…

The Starwood – Venue For Mötley Crüe’s First Concert

The hard rock club of the seventies and one of the first clubs to book L.A. punk bands…

Berklee College of Music

A legendary music school that has educated many famous rock and pop…

Santa Venetia Armory – Former Venue in San Rafael

The Santa Venetia Armory, was the National Guard Armory, and a regular…

The Winterland Ballroom – The Last Waltz

The Winterland Ballroom was an old ice skating rink in San Francisco, it was located…

Pet Sounds By The Beach Boys Album Cover Location

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

Eight Track Museum

The world’s first Eight Track Museum is now open in the Deep Ellum arts district of Dallas…

Buddy Holly Center Promotes The Legacy Of Buddy Holly

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

Avalon Ballroom – Janis Joplin’s First Public Appearance With Big Brother

On June 10, 1966, Janis Joplin made her first public appearance with Big Brother and the…

Dan Tana’s Restaurant – Lyrics To The Eagle’s “Lyin’ Eyes” Written Here

Since its opening it has been a favorite of Hollywood and film industry personalities and…

Planet Hollywood Resort And Casino – Elvis Married Priscilla Here

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

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Zilker Park

The Festival is an annual event that takes place every Fall on 46-acres in…

Lou Adler’s Former Office

This location was Lou Adler’s first office. Lou is a man of many talents. He is a Grammy…

Fairmont Hotel – I Left My Heart In San Francisco First Sang Here

Famous as the home the Venetian Room, the first place that Tony Bennett…

Where Cornelius Bumpus Of “The Doobie Brothers” Died

Cornelius was a member of The Doobie Brothers for over 20 years and played…

Alameda County Fairgrounds In Pleasanton Home Of The San Francisco Pop Festival

The San Francisco Pop Festival was held here on Saturday October 26 &…

Bill Haley’s Home In Chester Pennsylvania

Bill Haley moved here with his family when he was 7 years old in 1932…

Walnut Ridge Regional Airport – The Beatles Only Visit To Arkansas

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

The Dock of the Bay – This Is THE Dock Otis Redding Sang About

Otis Redding rented a houseboat with his manager while staying in San Francisco for some…

Elvis and Priscilla’s Honeymoon Home In Palm Springs California

Elvis leased this home for one year in 1966, it is where he and Priscilla spent…

Masonic Auditorium

Bob Dylan performed a famous concert here in November of 1964. Also, Van Morrison…

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

The Fred Kavli Theatre, located in the arts plaza, is a nice newer venue that seats…

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

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

Elvis Presley Birthplace In Tupelo

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

The I-Beam

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

Now & Then By The Carpenters Album Cover Location

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

Live in Brooklyn By Phish Album Cover Location

“Live in Brooklyn” by Phish was recorded at Keyspan Park, Coney Island in…

Boston Garden – Originally Known As “Boston Madison Square Garden”

The Garden opened on November 17, 1928 and was originally known as …

The Anti Club

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

Elektra Asylum Records

Elektra Records was started in 1950 by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickholt. During most of the …

Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park In Birmingham, Alabama

Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park is a memorial garden to singer and Birmingham, Alabama…

Scaggs Vineyard Owned By Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs and his wife Dominique, moved to the hills above Napa Valley in 1996…