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.

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…

Wallich’s Music City Woodland Hills Location

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

Generation Records

Many consider this New York City’s biggest independent record store specializing in hardcore…

Where Pamela Courson, Wife And Muse Of Jim Morrison Died

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

Tarpan Studios – The “Motown of Marin” Located In San Rafael

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

Maverick’s Flat

Some great early black groups played here at what came to be known as the West…

Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Museum

Permanent displays include a reproduction of the Iowa Great Lakes Recording Studio…

Chateau Liberte – Early Doobie Brothers Venue

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

Nate’s Deli – Where Aretha Franklin sings “Think” In The “Blues Brothers” Movie

This is the location of the diner scene from The Blues Brothers movie which was released …

Canter’s Deli On Fairfax – Late Night Hangout For L.A. Musicians

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

The Coach House In San Juan Capistrano, California

As one of the only venues in San Juan Capistrano, the Coach House has hosted…

Dressed To Kill by KISS Album Cover Location

KISS was photographed for their album “Dressed To Kill” in their full makeup…

Where Jerry Garcia Of The Grateful Dead Died

On August 9, 1995, Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia died here. Death was attributed…

Remastered – The Best Of Steely Dan Album Cover Location

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

Where Richard Manuel Of “The Band” Died In Orlando Florida

On March 3, 1986, The Band played a concert at the Cheek to Cheek Lounge…

Denny’s on Sunset – Hangout Of Rodney Bingenheimer

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

Cosmo’s Factory – Creedence Rehearsal Location

“Cosmo’s Factory” was the fifth album by Creedence Clearwater Revival, released in 1970. The…

At Folsom Prison By Johnny Cash Album Cover Location

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

Kiel Opera House, Now known as the Peabody Opera House

Now known as the Peabody Opera House. On July 11, 1978, the Rolling Stones performed one sold-out show…

CBS Television City

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

Steve Paul’s The Scene

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

The Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco design…

The Wiltern

The Wiltern’s name was derived from its location at the intersection of Wilshire and…

Where “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott Of “Damageplan” Was Killed

Dimebag Darrell Abbott was shot to death as he took the stage December…

Sun Studio, Legendary Recording Studio And Cover Of “The Complete Million Dollar Quartet” Album

Opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips on January 3, 1950, some of the most…

The Secret Sound Recording Studio

In the early 70’s, Todd Rundgren built a recording studio in the top story loft that…

Strawberry Fields – Dedicated To The Memory Of John Lennon

This is a landscaped section in New York City’s Central Park that is dedicated to the…

Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum offers a shared experience of the history of musical instruments…

Live at the Apollo by James Brown Album Cover Location

James Brown’s “Live at the Apollo” was recorded at the Apollo Theater…

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…

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

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

Alta Cienega Motel – Jim Morrison Lived Here

Jim Morrison lived here from 1968-1970, as the sign on room 32 states. Inside the…

Swing Auditorium – Buffalo Springfield’s First Concert

The auditorium was the launching point of the first American tour of The Rolling Stones. The…

Crystal Ballroom Located In Portland Oregon

In the 1960s, bands like the Grateful Dead, Ike & Tina Turner, Country Joe &…

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…

Where Stevie Ray Vaughan Died In A Helicopter Crash

Stevie Ray Vaughan, one of the greatest electric guitar players of all time died in a helicopter…

Claypool Cellars In Sebastopol, CA Is Owned By Les Claypool of Primus

Les Claypool is best known as the lead vocalist and bassist for the band…

Soldier Field – Last Grateful Dead Concerts With Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead played their last concerts here on July 8th and 9th before the death of…

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…

Hejira by Joni Mitchell Album Cover Location

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

Rhino Records, A Novelty, Comedy And Reissue Label, A Part Of Warner Music Group

Rhino has been around since 1978 but they originally started as a record store in 1973. As a label…

Western Recorders Studios – EastWest Studios

Western Recorders was considered on of the world’s premiere studios. In 1989…

Where Layne Staley Of “Alice In Chains” Died In Seattle

Layne Staley was the lead singer and co-songwriter of Alice in Chains, which…

Beverly Hilton – Where Whitney Houston Died

On February 11, 2012 Whitney Houston was found dead here in room…

Amoeba Music – Berkeley

Recently voted one of Rolling Stone Magazines ” Best Record Stores in the USA.” This is the…

J&M Studios – Hits By Fats Domino, Little Richard Were Recorded Here

This was the place to record your songs in the New Orleans area in the…

Gerde’s Folk City – Bob Dylan’s First Professional Gig

Bob Dylan played his first professional gig here in 1961. He opened for John Lee…

“Physical Graffiti” By Led Zeppelin Album Cover Location

This building located at 96-98 S. Marks Place, Manhattan was used for the cover…

Boulder Theater – State-Of-The-Art Concert Hall

In 1981, the theater was renovated into a state-of-the-art concert hall by…

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…

Colorado Music Hall of Fame In Morrison, Colorado

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame, was created to honor those individuals who…

9000 Sunset Building – Home Of Music And PR Companies

Once the center of the music industry, this building housed most of LA’s influential…

The Captain And Me By The Doobie Brothers Album Cover Location

A portion of Interstate 5 collapsed during the 1971 San Fernando Valley earthquake…

Studio Instrument Rentals – “The Eagles” First Rehearsal Location

The Eagles first rehearsal as a group was at the Los Angeles location of S.I.R…

Album 1700 by Peter, Paul and Mary Album Cover Location In New York

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

Where John Cipollina, Lead Guitar For Quicksilver Messenger Service Died

After a long fought battle with emphysema, John died at Marin General Hospital following …

Where Jim Croce Was Killed In A Plane Crash

On September 20, 1973, Jim Croce and five other people were killed when their small…

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…

Great Stage Park In Manchester – Home of Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival

Great Stage Park is the home to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival…

Temple University – Where “American Pie” Was Written

Contrary to belief, and what many consider to be historical fact, Don McLean…