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:

Grace Slick’s Home

Grace lived here until 1993 when a fire started by welders working on a nearby…

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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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Columbus Recorders

Columbus Recorders

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

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The Shoreline Amphitheatre

The Shoreline Amphitheatre

Opened in 1986, the Shoreline Amphitheatre is considered the most successful outdoor…

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Sid Vicious Home In The Haight

Sid Vicious’ Home In The Haight, San Francisco

Sid Vicious lived in the Haight-Ashbury area in San Francisco in the late 70’…

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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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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco Album Cover Location

Marina City is a mixed-use residential/commercial building complex occupying…

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Albin Rooming House

Albin Rooming House – Big Brother and the Holding company began here

Rod Albin started managing the property in 1964, allowing his brother Peter and other students from San Francisco State …

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Buried Here – Ray Peterson, Singer Of “Tell Laura I Love Her”

Ray was a Teen Idol of the 1960s who had hits with such memorable songs as…

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The Anti Club

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

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Springsteen Archive Photo

World’s Largest Bruce Springsteen Archive

Starting in November, 2011 nearly 15,000 documents including newspaper…

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Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery

Buried Here – Gary Loizzo, Vocalist With “The American Breed”

Gary was the lead vocalist with “The American Breed”, which scored a gold record with their hit…

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Hollywood Sportatorium

Hollywood Sportatorium – Concert Arena And Last Concert Location For The Band “Free”

On Feb. 17, 1973, Free, best known for their 1970 song “All Right Now” broke up after playing their final show…

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Peppermint Tree

As are many locations in the Bay Area, this location had many persona’s throughout…

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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”…

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Station Fire Memorial

Where Ty Longley of Great White Died – The Station Nightclub Fire

Ty Longley was the guitar player and vocalist for Great White when he was…

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Tarpan Studios

Tarpan Studios

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

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Earth Angel Recording Site

Earth Angel Recording Site

The song was originally recorded by The Penguins as a demo at former big band bassist…

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Figure 8 by Elliott Smith

Figure 8 by Elliott Smith Album Cover Location

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

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The Fillmore Auditorium

The Fillmore Auditorium

The Fillmore Auditorium is a legendary music venue in San Francisco made famous…

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International Pop Festival

Atlanta Motor Speedway – First Atlanta International Pop Festival

Formerly Atlanta International Raceway, this was the site of the Atlanta International Pop…

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Jimi Hendrix Residence

Jimi Hendrix Residence – Beverly Hills

During the summer of 1967, Hendrix lived in the former mansion of silent film star…

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TTG Studios

TTG Studios

This is where the Doors recorded their third album, Waiting For The Sun. This is also the…

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The Retinal Circus

The Retinal Circus

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

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Chateau Liberte

Chateau Liberte – Early Doobie Brothers Venue

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

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Baton Rouge International Raceway

Baton Rouge International Speedway – The New Orleans Pop Festival

On August 31 and September 1, 1969, thousands of people gathered outdoors…

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Church of the Holy Trinity

Church of the Holy Trinity

The Cowboy Junkies recorded their 1988 album “The Trinity Session” at…

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EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT

Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum

Experience Music Project (EMP) is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music…

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Poster For Straight Theater

Straight Theater

The Grateful Dead used this location as a rehearsal hall before its official opening…

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Sunset Towers

Sunset Towers by Don Everly Album Cover Location

One of the Sunset Strip’s first high-rise buildings as well as one of the best examples of Art …

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The Matrix

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…

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Huntington Rural Cemetery

Buried Here – Harry Chapin, Singer, Songwriter And Performer

He was a great singer/songwriter perhaps best known for his signature songs “Taxi”…

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Tina Turner Museum

Tina Turner Museum – World’s Largest Collection Of Tina Turner Memorabilia

The school was originally in Nutbush, Tina’s home town, before it was moved to…

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Studio Paradiso

Studio Paradiso

Located in The Mosser Hotel, the Studio Paradiso is the place where traveling musicians going to…

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Steve Paul’s The Scene

The Scene was one of the hippest venues in late-’60s Manhattan. Major rock…

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The Cheetah Club

The Cheetah Club

The Cheetah was one of the hot places to play if you were an up and coming…

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The Doors

Olivia’s – Inspiration For “Soul Kitchen” by The Doors

Olivia’s was a popular soul food restaurant whose patrons were mostly…

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Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home

Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home

Kurt Cobain’s first nine years and his teenage life were spent here. His parents…

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The Doors At the Fantasy Fair

The Mountain Theater – KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival

Officially known as the Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre. On June 10th…

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Pacific View Memorial Park

Buried Here – Bobby Hatfield Of The Righteous Brothers, Kevin Dubrow, Jeff Hanneman

Bobby was best known as one half of the Righteous Brothers along with Bill Medley…

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The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign – Welcome to Hollyweird

The Sign measures 450 feet long, its letters are 45 feet high, and it’s visible from…

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Beatle’s Home During 1964 Tour

The Beatles rented this home while touring through Los Angeles in 1964…

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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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Ronald McDonald House

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

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

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Tapestry Album Location

Tapestry by Carole King Album Cover Location

This is the home where the picture on the cover of Carole King’s monster…

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Wingate Park

On August 14, 1990, Curtis Mayfield was struck and paralyzed by a lighting scaffold…

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The Riverside Hotel

The Riverside Hotel – Where Bessie Smith Died

The Riverside Hotel is where Bessie Smith died in 1937 after her fatal…

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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…

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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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Columbia Records

Columbia Records

Columbia Records was known to have some of the best sound recording…

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Bill Graham Death Site

Where Bill Graham Died

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

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The Bowery Ballroom

The Bowery Ballroom

A major Rock club located in the Bowery. The club serves as the namesake of Joan…

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Laurel Canyon Country Store

Laurel Canyon Country Store – Best place to find rock celebrities

This has been a spot to see Rock and Roll celebrities doing their grocery shopping …

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Will Rogers Memorial Park

Will Rogers Memorial Park – George Michael was busted here

On April 7, 1998, British pop singer George Michael (formerly of Wham!) was arrested for…

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Atlantic City Race Track

Atlantic City Race Track – Atlantic City Pop Festival

The Atlantic City Pop Festival took place at the Atlantic City Race Track on…

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Hillside Memorial Park,

Buried here – Michael Bloomfield, Jerry Leiber, Marshall Lieb, Neil Bogart

Michael Bloomfield A masterful guitar player, in 2003 he was ranked at number 22 on…

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Saint Paul Civic Center Arena

The arena was part of the RiverCentre, a large convention center…

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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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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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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…

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Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

Buried Here – John Panozzo, Drummer And Founding Member of “Styx”

John was the drummer and a founding member of Styx…

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Enigma Records

Enigma was founded and run by brothers William and Wesley Hein. Enigma focused on…

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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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Allman Brothers Home & Museum

Allman Brothers Home & Museum

In the early 1970s, the Grand Tudor-style mansion here served as the communal hub around which the family…

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Guns N' Roses Home

Guns N’ Roses Home

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

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Lookout Mountain Ave

Lookout Mountain Road

Joni Mitchell was living in this canyon when she wrote the “Ladies Of The Canyons” and “Clouds” albums. Also…

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SST Records

SST Records

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

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Westwood Memorial Park

Buried here – Frank Zappa, Roy Orbison, Carl Wilson, Minnie Ripperton

Carl Wilson He was a founding member, lead guitarist and sometime lead vocalist of The Beach Boys…

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The Band by The Band

The Band by The Band Album Cover Location

The cover for The Band’s self-titled album was shot near Rick Danko’s home on…

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Procol Harum Live

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Procol Harum Live Album

Procol Harum Live In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra” was…

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Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory – Site Of Jim Morrison Photoshoot

Griffith Observatory was the location of Paul Ferrara’s iconic 1968 photo…

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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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The Rainbow Bar & Grill

The Rainbow Bar & Grill, A Rock N Roll Hang Out And Institution

Originally meant to serve record execs across the street in the 9000 Sunset building…

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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…

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New Frontier Hotel and Casino

New Frontier Hotel and Casino – Elvis’ First Las Vegas Show/Last Supremes Concert

Elvis Presley first performed in Las Vegas here in 1956 when he was 21…

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Bitter End

Bitter End

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

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Theatricum Botanicum

Theatricum Botanicum

The beginnings of the Theatricum Botanicum stretch back to the early 1950s when Will Geer…

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Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

The home of the L. A. Philharmonic, but has seen many famous rock shows, including …

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Cub Coda Grave Picture

Buried Here – Michael “Cub” Koda, Lead Singer & Guitarist For Brownsville Station

Cub was the lead singer and guitarist of Brownsville Station…

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