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.

Lookout Mountain Road

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

Where Tim Buckley Died

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

Desolation Boulevard By The Sweet Album Cover Location

The cover of The Sweet’s “Desolation Boulevard” album shows them superimposed…

Coffee Gallery – Grace Slick And The Great Society First Public Appearance

Grace Slick and The Great Society made its first public appearance here for the opening of…

Coconut Teaszer

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

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…

Where Gram Parsons Of “The Flying Burrito Brothers” & “The Byrds” Died

on September 18, 1973, in room 8 at the Joshua Tree Inn, Gram Parsons died…

Motown Historical Museum – The Original Home Of Hitsville U.S.A.

This museum was the original home of “Hitsville U.S.A.” the nickname given to Motown Records’…

Hasten Down The Wind By Linda Ronstadt Album Cover Location

The Hasten Down The Wind album cover was shot outside of Linda Ronstadt’s…

Aberdeen Museum of History, Partly Devoted To Kurt Cobain And Nirvana

Based in Kurt Cobain’s home town, this museum has a section devoted…

Chris Hillman’s Former Home In Los Angeles

This was the home of Chris Hillman, one of the original members of The Byrds…

How Great Thou Art by Elvis Presley Album Cover Location

As one of the most photographed churches in the U.S., the First Church…

The Retinal Circus

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

Paramount Recording Studios

Paramount Recording Studios was built in the late 1960’s by the Brolin family…

KMPX Studios

106.9 on the FM dial in the San Francisco bay area was the home to KMPX from…

Lake Amador Gold Rush Festival, Held on October 4, 1969

On October 4, 1969, an estimated 40,000 people flocked to the small county of Amador in central…

Wally Heider’s San Francisco Recording Studios

Wally Heider was very well known for making excellent studio and remote location…

The City Club – Comprehensive Beatles And John Lennon Collection

The City Club is home to one of the most comprehensive Beatles and John Lennon Collections…

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…

Ulysses S. Grant Senior High School

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

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

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

Hotel Theresa – Jimi Hendrix Stayed Here

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

Wallich’s Music City West Covina Location

Wallach’s Music City was a world famous record store that had listening stations where…

Prairie Sun Recording Studio

Prairie Sun is a ‘One-Stop’ facility comprised of three fully equipped analog…

Miyako Hotel – The Wrap Party For The Last Waltz Was Held Here

After wrapping “The Last Waltz”, the cast and crew repaired to the Garden Bar…

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

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

The Grateful Dead House In San Francisco California

Every true Deadhead already knows this address and the lore behind this house. The Grateful Dead actually…

Led Zeppelin I by Led Zeppelin Album Cover Location

Led Zeppelin used the famous image of the Hindenburg disaster at the…

Newport 1960 By Muddy Waters Album Cover Location

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

CBS Television City

Since opening in November of 1952, this historic location hosted many great acts…

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

The Civic hosted some of the coolest concerts of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Such greats as…

Indiana State Fairgrounds Roof Collapse Just Before Concert

On August 13, 2011, high winds from an approaching storm collapsed the roof…

Theatricum Botanicum In Topanga Canyon

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

The Stone – Also Known As The Matrix

This location was numerous clubs at one time or another including The Matrix and the…

Remastered – The Best Of Steely Dan Album Cover Location

Carhenge, which replicates Stonehenge, consists of the circle of cars, 3…

WDIA – AM 1070 – First U.S. Radio Station Programmed & Staffed By African-Americans

In 1962 WDIA became the first U.S. radio station programmed by African…

Mars Hotel – There Really Was A Mars Hotel

Yep, there really was a Mars Hotel… it was only a few blocks away from where…

The Concord Pavilion

The Sleep Train Pavilion (formerly known as the Concord Pavilion and then the…

Nipmuc Regional High School – Aerosmith First Concert In Front Of A Live Audience

On November 6, 1970 Aerosmith performed their first concert in front…

The Orphanage

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

On The Beach By Neil Young Album Cover Location

Santa Monica Beach is the location of Neil Young’s cover for his “On The Beach”…

Pyrenees Castle – Phil Spector’s Last Home Before Going To Jail

Phil Spector was a legend in rock & roll, he created the “Wall of Sound” made famous on hit records…

Rhythm! Discovery Center, A Collection of Rare & Unique Percussion Instruments

Drawing upon diverse cultures, the museum offers an incomparable experience…

Gardner Street Elementary School – Michael Jackson Attended School Here

Michael Jackson went to school here. In 1989 the school district named the school…

Eastside Sound

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

The Cotton Bowl Stadium – First Crossroads Guitar Festival Held Here

The first Crossroads Guitar Festival was held at the Cotton Bowl from…

The Nightbreak

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

Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon Album Cover Location

The album cover was photographed by Edie Baskin, who was dating Simon at…

MTV’s Original Studio

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

The Cobalt Cafe

The Cobalt Cafe was founded by Dave Politi on January 17, 1991. The venue…

Bad Animals Studios In Seattle – Alice in Chains, B.B. King, Neil Young, Nirvana Recorded Here

Alice in Chains, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Nirvana, Pearl Jam…

Waterloo Records & Video

Along with a knowledgeable staff and an emphasis on customer service, these guys are the…

The Onion – Los Angeles Acid Test In 1966

The Grateful Dead played here in early 1966 as part of the Acid Test series…

Warner Brothers Records

Warner Bros. Records opened for business on March 19, 1958, above the film studio’s…

Where Michael Jackson Died In Holmby Hills California

On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson collapsed and died at his rented mansion…

Stuyvesant High School

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

Duke’s Coffee Shop/London Fog – The Doors First Official Club Gig

Once the coffee shop to the Tropicana, a motel previously next door where…

MacArthur Park – Don’t Leave Your Cake Out In The Rain

Yes there really is a MacArthur Park, whether it’s melting in the dark or not…

Dodger Stadium

Entertainers from around the world have performed here such as KISS, The Rolling Stones…

Graceland – Home, Death Site And Gravesite Of Elvis Presley

This was Elvis’ home and where he died on August 16, 1977. It is also…