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:

Stonover Farm

Stonover Farm – Owned By Rock N Roll Producer Tom Werman

This B&B is owned and operated by Tom Werman, a record producer for the…

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Folk City

Gerde’s Folk City – Dylan’s first professional gig

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

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Chris Hillman’s Former Home

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

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Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

The Fred Kavli Theatre, located in the arts plaza, is a nice newer venue that seats…

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Harvard University

Harvard University

Past students included: Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads)…

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B.R. Cohn Winery

B.R. Cohn Winery, Founded By The Manager Of “The Doobie Brothers”

In 1969, Bruce Cohn began managing a local band called The Doobie Brothers, and the rest…

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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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Monterey Regional Airport

Monterey Regional Airport, Near Where John Denver Was Killed

On October 12, 1997, Denver was killed when the aircraft he was piloting crashed just …

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Beatle’s Home During 1966 Tour

The Beatles rented this home while touring through Los Angeles in 1966…

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Buried Here – Thomas Michael Caldwell, Toy T. Caldwell

He was the bass guitar player and leader of the “Marshall Tucker Band”…

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Pittsburgh Civic Arena

Civic Arena

Also known as Mellon Arena, many large famous rock and pop acts have…

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Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery

Buried Here – Paul Williams, Original Member Of The Temptations

Paul was an original member of The Temptations and was their original…

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Chuck's Cellar

Chuck’s Cellar – the beginning of The Eagles

In 1971, Linda Ronstadt put together a backup band to play a gig here, the members Randy…

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McCabe's Guitar Shop

McCabe’s Guitar Shop

McCabe’s is one of the oldest guitar stores in the Los Angeles area. Shows…

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Long Island Arena Concert

Long Island Arena – Part Of Frampton Comes Alive Was Recorded Here

Probably the most famous performance here was when Peter Frampton appeared in August 1975 and…

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The Panhandle in Golden Gate Park

The Panhandle in Golden Gate Park

This little strip of land, just a few blocks north of the Haight has been the site of many…

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Topanga Corral

Topanga Corral, Inspiration For “Roadhouse Blues” By The Doors

The Topanga Corral will be forever remembered as the place were Canned…

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Jon Bon Jovi’s Former Home

This Manhattan 7,452-square-foot condo was listed for $39.9 million…

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Kezar Stadium

Kezar Stadium

The stadium was built between 1922 and 1925 in the southeast corner of…

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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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At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash

At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash Album Cover Location

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

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Darby Crash

Where Darby Crash of The Germs Died

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

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Aberdeen High Scool

Aberdeen High School

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

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Vesuvio Cafe

Vesuvio Cafe

One of the early North Beach hangouts for beatnicks, many of the local music talent…

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How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art by Elvis Presley Album Cover Location

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

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Studio Instrument Rentals

Studio Instrument Rentals – The Eagles first rehearsal was here

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

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Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau Miami Beach – Sinatra Welcomes Elvis Home

Opened in 1954, the Fontainebleau was once considered the most luxurious…

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Savoy-Tivoli

Savoy-Tivoli

In 1976, in a back room here, many great or soon to be great attractions played here…

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San Fernando Mission Cemetery

Buried Here – Ritchie Valens, Singer & Songwriter Of “La Bamba”

A true early rock and roll pioneer, his recording career lasted only a few months, during…

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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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Poster For Dallas International Motor Speedway

Dallas International Motor Speedway – Texas International Pop Festival

The Texas International Pop Festival was held here, on Labor Day weekend…

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The Whisky

The Whisky A Go Go, The Byrds And The Doors Played Here Early In Their Careers

More rock and roll history has taken place in this one building than in most…

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Al’s Bar

Al’s Bar

Al’s bar was a popular venue for L.A.’s 80s Punk Rock scene…

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Alan Wilson

Where Alan Wilson Of Canned Heat Died

On Sept. 3, 1970 at this, the home of fellow Canned Heat band mate Bob “The Bear” Hite…

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John and Tom Fogerty Home

John and Tom Fogerty’s Childhood Home

John and Tom Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival, grew up in…

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Westminster Memorial Park

Memorial Here For Bradley James Nowell, Lead Singer And Guitarist Of Sublime

Bradley was the lead singer and guitarist of Sublime…

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Natural Fudge Cafe

Natural Fudge Cafe

This was one of the many venues that up and coming acts would use to hone…

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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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Buried Here – Eugene Booker Record, Lead singer & Songwriter Of The “Chi-lites”

Gene was the lead singer and songwriter for the “Chi-lites.” The Chi-lites had…

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Trout Mask Replica

Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Album Cover Location

The back cover for “Trout Mask Replica ” was shot here…

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Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills High had a large amount of musical alumni including: Shaun Cassidy…

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Agoura High School

Agoura High School – Linkin Park

Students included Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda of Linkin…

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Biloxi National Cemetery

Buried Here – Lamar Williams, Bass Player In “The Allman Brothers Band”

Lamar was the bass player that replaced Berry Oakley in the Allman Brothers…

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Forest Lawn Covina Hills

Buried here – Mary Ford, Mickie Jones

Mary was married to guitar legend Les Paul and made many recordings with…

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Haym Salomon Memorial Park

Buried Here – Jim Croce, Singer And Songwriter Of “Time in a Bottle”

Between 1960 and 1973, Croce released six studio albums and eleven singles…

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Hollywood Palace

Hollywood Palace

First opened in 1927 and originally a theater, then one of television’s first studios…

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Hampton Comes Alive by Phish

Hampton Comes Alive by Phish Album Cover Location

The front of Hampton Coliseum was used for the Hampton Comes Alive by…

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John Fogerty Studio

John Fogerty Studio

After John Fogerty’s problems with Fantasy Records, he would come to this…

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Roosevelt Memorial Park

Buried Here – Big Joe Turner

Big Joe earned his greatest fame in the 1950s with his pioneering rock and roll recordings, particularly…

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J&M Studios

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…

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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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Lowell George

Where Lowell George Of Little Feat Died

On June 29, 1979, while on tour promoting his “Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here”…

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The Topanga Canyon Inn

The Topanga Canyon Inn

Warren Roche, former studio trumpet player who recorded hits such as “September”…

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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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Crestlawn Cemetery

Buried Here – R.J. Vealey, Drummer For The “Atlanta Rhythm Section”

Ray was a respected studio musician and was the drummer for Roy Orbison’s…

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Columbia Records

Columbia Records

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

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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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Laurel Canyon

Laurel Canyon – Frank Zappa, The Byrds, Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell

In the 1960s, Laurel Canyon became famous as home to many of L.A.’s top rock musicians…

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The Record Plant

The Record Plant – New York City

Many classic rock albums were recorded here including: Electric Ladyland by The Jimi…

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Fairview Memorial Park and Mausoleum

Buried Here – Ray Gillen Of Black Sabbath & Claydes Charles Smith Of Kool & The Gang

Buried here are multiple artists including: Ray Gillen and Claydes Charles…

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Cafe Bizarre

Cafe Bizarre – Where Andy Warhol Discovered “The Velvet Underground”

This is the club where Andy Warhol discovered The Velvet Underground…

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Jimi Hendrix Home

Jimi Hendrix Boyhood Home

This used to be the location of low rent housing for Navy families. It is now owned by the Berkeley…

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Bob Dylan's Home

Bob Dylan’s Home

Dylan lived here in the 60’s and 70’s after purchasing it from Jennifer Jones in 1966…

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Hunter College

Hunter College – Last Janis Joplin with Big Brother Gig

On November 15, 1968, Janis Joplin played her last concert with Big Brother…

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Maxwell's

Maxwell’s – Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” Video

Parts of the music video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” were filmed…

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Grace Slick’s Home

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

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Herbert Hardesty

Buried Here – Herbert Hardesty, Saxophonist With Fats Domino

Herb was a tenor saxophonist best remembered for his work with Fats Domino…

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Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden – The Song Remains The Same Filmed Here

Billing itself as “The World’s Most Famous Arena” this has been home to many…

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Ray Charles Boyhood Home

Ray Charles Boyhood Home

Ray Charles was born on September 23, 1930 in Georgia and spent his youth in Greenville, FL…

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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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Ivy Hill Cemetery

Buried Here – Harold Melvin, Founder Of “Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes”

He was the founder and original singer for “Harold Melvin and the Blue…

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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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Master of Puppets

Metallica Residence

In the early 1980’s, the band members of Metallica lived here while they…

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Country Inn & Suites

Where Scott Weiland Of “The Stone Temple Pilots” & “Velvet Revolver” Died

Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and…

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Candlestick Park

Candlestick Park – Site Of The Last Beatles Concert Performance

It so hard to keep track of all of the name changes for this place, it’s currently called Monster Park after the Monster Cable Company.

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From Elvis In Memphis

From Elvis In Memphis by Elvis Presley Album Cover Location

The cover of Elvis’ “From Elvis In Memphis” shows him performing his…

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Prairie Sun Recording Studio

Prairie Sun Recording Studio

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

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For Everyman

For Everyman by Jackson Browne Album Cover Location

Jackson Browne was photographed in the courtyard of a house built by his…

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The Stooges

The First Stooges House

The Stooges lived and practiced in this house, which they rented during…

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The Automatt

The Automatt

In 1978, The Automatt rose out of the ashes of Columbia Records’ old location, and…

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