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:

Bill Graham Death Site

Where Bill Graham Died

On October 25, 1991, Bill Graham, his girlfriend and their pilot were killed when their helicopter…

Village Recording Studios

Village Recording Studios

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

Darby Crash

Where Darby Crash of The Germs Died

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

Tarpan Studios

Tarpan Studios

This has been called the Motown of Marin, having recorded some of the greatest acts in…

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…

Electric Lady Studios

Electric Lady Studios – Hendrix Last Ever Studio Recording

Jimi Hendrix turned a Greenwich Village club in to a recording studio in 1968. Before…

The Retinal Circus

The Retinal Circus

The Retinal Circus was a short-lived dive that operated in a basement from…

Columbus Recorders

Columbus Recorders

In an attempt to duplicate the free form nature of a live Grateful Dead show, the…

Chess Records

Chess Records Office And Studio – Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry And Willie Dixon Recorded Here

Chess Records was located at several different locations on the south side of Chicago, but this…

New Park Cemetery

Buried Here – Carl Lee Cunningham, Phalon Jones, Jimmie King Of The Bar-Kays

All three were members of “The Bar-Kays.” Otis Redding chose them as his backing…

CBGB-OMFUG

CBGB-OMFUG

Most of the major acts from the 70’s played here including Blondie, David Bowie, The…

Brother Records

Brother Records

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

Hendersonville Memory Gardens

Buried Here – Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash

Legendary Singer and songwriter who was known as “The Man in Black” …

Poster For Miami Pop Festival

Gulfstream Park – Miami Pop Festival

The Miami Pop Festival was the name of two different music festivals that…

Jim Marshall Photography

Jim Marshall Photography – Photographer at Woodstock

Jim Marshall, who died of natural causes in New York City on March 24, 2010, over a 50-year career created hundreds …

The Crocodile Café

Considered the Seattle rock scene’s home away from home, The Crocodile…

Gibson Amphitheater

Gibson Amphitheater

Formerly the Universal Amphitheater, this longtime venue has been a rock and roll landmark…

Hotel Theresa

Hotel Theresa – Jimi Hendrix stayed here

When Jimi Hendrix first came to New York in 1964 he stayed here. Other notable…

The Boarding House

The Boarding House

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

University of California at Berkeley

University of California at Berkeley

UC Berkeley has many famous musical alumni including: Stewart Copeland, Drew Daniel…

Lindley Meadows

Lindley Meadows – Golden Gate Park

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

Saint John the Baptist Parish Cemetery

Buried Here – Bobby Vee, Had Hits With “Rubber Ball” &”Take Good Care Of My Baby”

Bobby Vee was a singer and actor that had many hits on the Billboard charts including…

Canter's Deli

Canter’s Deli – Late night hangout for L.A. musicians

World famous gathering spot for musicians actors and anyone else looking for…

Newport 1960 by Muddy Waters

Newport 1960 by Muddy Waters Album Cover Location

Festival Field was the former location of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festival…

Big Hits by The Rolling Stones

“Big Hits” by The Rolling Stones & “Sounds Of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel Album Cover Location

“Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass)” by the Rolling Stones and Simon and Garfunkel’s…

Cleveland Arena, location of first ever Rock concert

On March 21, 1952, Alan Freed emceed the Moondog Coronation Ball at the…

The Body Shop

The Body Shop – Girls, Girls, Girls by Motley Crue

The Body Shop is a strip club mentioned in the Motley Crue hit “Girls, Girls, Girls”…

The Kirkwood Casino and Health Club

Glenn Frey’s Home – The Kirkwood Casino and Health Club

Glenn Frey of The Eagles, lived in a little house on the corner of Kirkwood…

North Beach Revival

North Beach Revival

Another SF location that has seen many incarnations, the North Beach Revival…

University Senior High School

University Senior High School

Many famous musicians went to this school…. some even graduated. Here are…

Casablanca Records

Casablanca Records

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

Oakmont Mortuary and Cemetery

Buried Here – Brent Mydland, Keyboardist For The Grateful Dead

Brent was the fourth keyboardist to play for The Grateful Dead…

Buddy Holly Grave Stone

Buried Here – Buddy Holly

Holly has been described as “the single most influential creative force in early…

HofBrau Hotel

Hof Brau Hotel – First Performance Of “Rock Around The Clock” Was Here

On April 12, 1954 Bill Haley and the Comets first performed “(We’re Gonna)…

Cedars Sinai

Cedars Sinai, Where Bobby Darin, Minnie Ripperton, Johnnie Ray And Others Died

On December 11, 1973, Darin entered Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for…

The Brill Building

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..

Cover of Minor Earth

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

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

Chapel of the Chimes

Buried Here – John Lee Hooker

He was a master of the boogie-woogie music style and is best known for…

Las Vegas Convention Center Silver Dome

Las Vegas Convention Center – Second ever Beatles concert in U.S.

The Beatles played here for their second ever U.S. gig in a former…

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store – Previously Ciro’s where The Byrds became famous

Certainly famous in its own right as one the original places where the current…

Warner Brothers Studios

Warner Brothers Studios, “Wish You Were Here” Album Cover Location

Pink Floyd’s 1975 “Wish You Where Here” album cover was shot here. And yes, that…

Garfield High School

Famous students included: Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix…

Janis Joplin’s Last Bay Area Residence

Janis Joplin spent the last year of her life here before overdosing at the…

Joni Mitchell's Home

Joni Mitchell’s First New York Home

When Joni Mitchell moved to New York in 1967, she rented a second floor…

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”…

Radio Recorders

Radio Recorders

In its prime, the studio was known as the best recording facility in Los Angeles. In the …

Poster For Earl Warren Show Grounds

Earl Warren Show Grounds – First Large Doors Concert

On July 28 1966, at the “Mid-Summer Spectacular Show of Shows” the…

Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre – Brooklyn Site Of The Who’s U.S. Debut

On March 25, 1967, The Who made their U.S. debut here as part of a Murray the K Rock…

Justin Herman Plaza

Justin Herman Plaza – Home Of An Impromptu U2 Concert

On the second leg of the Joshua Tree US Tour, U2 decided to have a spontaneous…

Inn of the Beginning

Inn of the Beginning

If you were a local North Bay band you played here at one time or another, Neil Young…

Garrick Theatre

Garrick Theatre

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention played here nightly nightly for 6 months in 1967. Their shows…

Ray Charles Memorial Library

The Ray Charles Memorial Library

The new museum contains seven galleries on the ground floor of a two-story…

Denny's on Sunset

Denny’s on Sunset – Hangout Of Rodney Bingenheimer

Rodney Bingenheimer has been holding court at this Denny’s since before a lot of …

Guns N' Roses Home

Guns N’ Roses Home

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

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line was a 400-seat club called which enjoyed a very long run…

Danny Federici

Buried Here – Danny Federici, Keyboards And Original Member Of The E Street Band

Danny was the keyboard player and an original member of Bruce Springsteen’s…

The Mercury Lounge

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

Nudies

Nudies – Creator of Elvis’ Famous Costumes

Nudie Cohn was the country tailor to the stars. He made famous outfits for Elvis, Hank…

The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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

Lights...Camera...Revolution!

Lights…Camera…Revolution! by Suicidal Tendencies Album Cover Location

The album cover for Suicidal Tendencies’ “Lights…Camera…Revolution!” was…

Washington Square Hotel

Washington Square Hotel – Home Base For Traveling Musicians Visiting New York

This hotel has been a haven for writers and artists for more than a century…

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Zilker Park

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

Aberdeen High Scool

Aberdeen High School

Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana attended high school here…

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…

Devonshire Downs

Devonshire Downs – Home of the Newport ’69 Pop Festival

This ex-racetrack is probably best known for hosting the Newport ’69 Pop Festival. This show…

The Viper Room

The Viper Room

On Oct. 1, 1996, a paparazzo in the club snapped a photo of The Rolling Stones’ Mick…

Fender Center

Fender Center for the Performing Arts – a 50-year history of Fender electric guitars

On July 13th, 2002 the Fender Museum of Music and the Arts carved a place for itself in…

Jefferson Airplane Home

Jefferson Airplane Home

In 1968, the Jefferson Airplane purchased this former lumber baron’s home. The…

Harvard Stadium

Harvard Stadium – Janis Joplin’s Last Concert Performance

Janis Joplin played the last concert of her life here with the Full Tilt Boogie…

X-Ray Cafe

X-Ray Cafe

The X-Ray Cafe was a small music venue from 1990 to 1994 in Portland. Some…

Untitled by The Byrds

Untitled by The Byrds Album Cover Location

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

Fool For The City

Fool For The City by Foghat Album Cover Location

Foghat’s “Fool For The City” album cover was shot in the middle of the…

Drinking Gourd Previous Location

Drinking Gourd – The Beginning of The Jefferson Airplane

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

Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Since opening in 1971, this venue has hosted some great acts including, James…

Pamela Courson

Where Pamela Courson, Wife And Muse Of Jim Morrison Died

Jim Morrison’s girlfriend Pam Courson overdosed on heroin here on April 25…

Jim Morrison's Crash Pad

Jim Morrison’s Crash Pad

This is the building where Jim lived in the summer of 1965. He ate meals…

Fairfax High School

Fairfax High School

Fairfax High produced a lot of famous alumni including: Herb Alpert, Flea, Jermaine…

Gilman Street Music Club

Gilman Street Music Club

This place is best known as the birthplace for the bands Green Day and Rancid…

Harmonia Cemetery

Buried Here – Jimi Jamison, Lead Singer for “Survivor”

Jimi is best remembered as the lead vocalist for “Survivor” from 1984 until…

Valley Music Theater Woodland_Hills,_California

Valley Music Center

Many rock bands played here in the 60’s and 70’s including but not limited to: The Doors…