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 Showcase

One of the Bay Area’s better known nightclubs for black acts in the 60’s and 70’s…

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Ron Stone’s Home

Ron Stone began his career during music’s “golden age” in 1968 at Geffen Records…

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Jim Morrison's Last U.S. Home

Jim Morrison’s Last U.S. Home

This is where Jim Morrison lived with Pamela Courson before he went to Paris…

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Bimbo's 365 Club

Bimbo’s 365 Club

Lines of long-stemmed chorus girls kicked high to the music when this club first opened…

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Eight Track Museum

Eight Track Museum

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

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The Rathskeller

The Rathskeller aka “The Rat”

Now the location of the Hotel Commonwealth, The Rathskeller (akaThe Rat) was a Kenmore Square live…

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The Off Ramp

El Corazón, 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 …

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Rick James

Where Rick James Died

On the morning of August 6, 2004, Rick James was found dead in his home by his…

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MTV’s Original Studio

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

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Loara High School

Loara High School – No Doubt, Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley

Strangely enough, Tim Buckley and his son Jeff Buckley went to school…

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Thomas Gilcrease Institute

The Bob Dylan Archive

The Dylan Archive includes the complete sessions for all of his albums along with dozens of professionally filmed concerts…

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The Winterland Ballroom

The Winterland Ballroom – The Last Waltz

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

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Cathay De Grande

Cathay De Grande

An influential small club where many bands including the “Go-Go’s”, “The Blasters” and…

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Mile High Stadium

Mile High Stadium – Denver Pop Festival, Monsters of Rock Festival, Ozzfest

The Denver Pop Festival, a three-day music festival was held here…

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The Ash Grove

The Ash Grove, One Of The Greatest Folk/Blues Clubs

The Ash Grove was probably the greatest folk/blues club of the sixties. In 1965 the …

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Vince Neil's Tatuado Cantina

Vince Neil’s Tatuado Cantina

At Vince Neil’s Tatuado Cantina, the sounds of Mötley Crüe’s hits are…

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The Mondrian Hotel

The Mondrian Hotel – Failed Milli Vanilli suicide attempt

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

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Denver Center For The Performing Arts

Denver Center For The Performing Arts – First Led Zeppelin U.S. Concert

Led Zeppelin played their first ever U.S. concert here on December 26, 1968. On this tour, Led…

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Fresno Memorial Gardens

Buried Here – Lolly Vegas, A Founding Member Of Redbone

Born Lolly Vasquez, he was a guitarist and vocalist, he was a founding member…

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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…

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The Road Is No Place For A Lady

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…

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Miami-Hollywood Motorsports Park- Miami Rock Festival, 1969

The Miami Rock Festival of December, 1969, drew thousands here to what…

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Madonna’s Former Home

When Madonna first moved to New York, this is where she lived…

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Brother Records

Brother Records

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

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Bronson Cemetery

Buried Here – Bo Diddley

Legendary guitarist and vocalist, he is best known for such hits as “I’m a Man”…

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Hotel Earle

Hotel Earle – Bob Dylan lived here for a while in room 305

In the early Sixties, Bob Dylan lived here for a short while in room 305…

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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…

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Ozzy Osbourne's Home

Ozzy Osbourne’s Home in Hidden Hills

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

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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…

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The Burbank Studios

NBC Studios – The Burbank Studios

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

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Hejira

Hejira by Joni Mitchell Album Cover Location

The cover for “Hejira” was photographed on Lake Mendota soon after an…

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The Edgewater Hotel

The Edgewater Hotel – The Beatles stayed here in 1964

This hotel of choice for many ’60s and ’70s rock stars extends over Elliott Bay…

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The Church Studio

The Church Studio

This was once a church that became a recording studio for musicians during…

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Club Lingerie

Club Lingerie

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

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Pleasant Valley Sunday

Pleasant Valley Way – Inspiration for “Pleasant Valley Sunday”

“Pleasant Valley Sunday” was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King in 1967. Their inspiration for…

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Fillmore Records

Fillmore Records

Cold Blood was one of the first rock groups to be signed by Bill Graham’s Fillmore…

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The Gilded Palace Of Sin

The Gilded Palace Of Sin by The Flying Burrito Brothers Album Cover Location

The Flying Burrito Brothers photographed themselves just off of the main drag in …

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Long View Farm Studios

Long View Farm Studios

This is a former dairy farm that has been converted in to a recording studio…

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Michael Jackson And All Of The Other Jackson’s Childhood Home

This is the place where Michael, Janet, La Toya et. al. were raised…

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Album 1700 by Peter, Paul and Mary

Album 1700 by Peter, Paul and Mary Album Cover Location

The 30’s era gangster pic used on the front of “Album 1700” was shot at…

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Poster For Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds – Home Of The Northern California Folk-Rock Festivals

For many years, the Fairgrounds Grandstand Arena held huge concerts with famous …

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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…

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Buried Here – Bill Brown, Jr, Lead Guitar player For the Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Bill was the lead guitar player for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils…

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Ry Cooder by Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder by Ry Cooder Album Cover Location

The cover for Ry Cooder’s self-titled album “Ry Cooder” was shot in front…

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Woodlawn Memorial Park

Buried Here – Dan Seals, Otis Blackwell

A songwriter best known for writing such classic Rock songs as “All Shook Up”…

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Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Among the artists who have been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame are…

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Conway Recording Studios

Conway Recording Studios

Conway has been nominated for many awards of technical and creative…

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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…

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California State University Long Beach

California State University Long Beach

Karen Carpenter, Richard Carpenter, Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley…

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Oak Lawn Memorial Park

Buried Here – Barrie James “B.J.” Wilson, Drummer For Procol Harum

Barrie was the drummer for Procol Harum. He replaced original drummer…

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James Madison High School

James Madison High School, Where Carole King Graduated

James Madison was established in 1925, and has graduated four Nobel Prize winners as well as…

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Riverfront Coliseum – Venue of the tragic Who concert in 1979

On December 3, 1979 this venue was where eleven people died and 26 others were injured…

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Las Vegas Hilton

Las Vegas Hilton – Elvis Performed For 58 Consecutive Sold Out Shows Here.

When the Hilton opened in 1969, it was the largest hotel in the world…

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DB Records – B-52’s Recorded Their First Single, “Rock Lobster” Here

In 1978, Danny Beard was friends with some musicians that became the B-52’s…

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Gaslight Square Photo

Gaslight Square

Gaslight Square, which was located in St. Louis from approximately 1957…

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Brookside Cemetery

Buried Here – Kurt Winter, Guitarist For “The Guess Who”

Kurt was best known as the guitarist for “The Guess Who…

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Fur Peace Ranch

Fur Peace Ranch, Owned By Jorma Kaukonen Of “Jefferson Airplane” And “Hot Tuna”

Jorma Kaukonen and his wife Vanessa conceived what Jorma calls “a ranch that grows guitar players.”

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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…

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Eastside Sound

Current and past clients include: Les Paul, Sting, Laurie Anderson, Peter Frampton…

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Keystone Corner

Keystone Korner

This was a very happening spot in the late 60’s when such Rock luminaries as Elvin…

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Love Street House

“Love Street House” – Where Jim Morrison And Pamela Morrison Lived

The song “Love Street” was written by Jim Morrison about this street off of Laurel…

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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…

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The Nightbreak

The Nightbreak

A true San Francisco original, Nightbreak was the Alt/indie venue that everyone…

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Mudd Club

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

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

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San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University

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

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New Amsterdam Musical Association

New Amsterdam Musical Association

Founded in 1904, officially incorporated as a non-profit in 1905, and at its current location since 1922, the…

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Roosevelt High School

Roosevelt High School

Famous alumni of this “rock ‘n roll high school” include Pearl Jam’s lead…

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John F. Kennedy Stadium

John F. Kennedy Stadium – “Live Aid” American Venue And “The Monsters of Rock Festival”

On 13 July 1985, the American version of Live Aid was held here to raise funds…

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Kurt Cobain Memorial

Kurt Cobain Memorial in Viretta Park

A bench near Kurt Cobain’s former home and has become an unofficial…

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Mountain View Cemetery

Buried Here – Randy Rhoads, Guitar Player With Ozzy Osbourne And Quiet Riot

Randy played guitar with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot…

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Graham Nash's Home

Graham Nash’s Home

This house which was originally built by a scion of the Spreckels sugar fortune…

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Buddy Holly Center

Buddy Holly Center

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

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The Alamo

The Alamo gets peed on by Ozzy Osbourne

In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne was taking part in a tour across the United States…

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Dead Mans Curve

Dead Man’s Curve – Jan Berry had a near-fatal car accident here

The story of “Dead Man’s Curve”, made famous in the Jan & Dean song, ironically…

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Highway 61 Revisited

Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan Album Cover Location

Dylan was photographed for Highway 61 Revisited while sitting on a set of…

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Riverside National Cemetery

Buried here – Jim Pash, Edward Benjamin Townsend, Earl Palmer

Jim was the saxophonist for The Surfaris known for their 1963 instrumental hit Wipe Out…

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Intercontinental Absurdities

Intercontinental Absurdities – Frank Zappa’s Production Company

Intercontinental Absurdities is the name of Frank Zappa’s production company.

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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…

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