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:

Rhythm Discovery Center

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

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

The Mighty Met

Metromedia Building – Previous home to KMET “The Mighty Met”

KMET was a Los Angeles radio station originally owned by Metromedia that first took to the…

Motown Historical Museum

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’…

Theresa's Stockbridge Cafe

Theresa’s Stockbridge Cafe, Inspiration For “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” By Arlo Guthrie

This is the original site of Alice’s Restaurant, made famous in Arlo Guthrie’s…

Scott Joplin House

Scott Joplin House State Historic Site

This site preserves the Scott Joplin Residence, the home of the composer…

Studio at The Palms

Studio at The Palms – First Recording Studio Located Inside A Casino

The Studio at The Palms is the first ever recording studio located inside a casino…

Willie & The Poor Boys

Willie & The Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival Album Cover Location

The cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Willie & The Poor Boys” was shot at…

Holiday Inn After Demolition

Holiday Inn – Keith Moon Celebrated His 21st Birthday Here

Keith Moon celebrated his 21st birthday here on August 23, 1968. As Keith was a master of…

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…

El Paseo Patio Seating

El Paseo Restaurant In Mill Valley, CA – Part Owned By Sammy Hagar

El Patio was originally opened in 1948, the restaurant was recently purchased by Rock…

The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby

The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby And The Range Album Cover Location

The background image of this album shows the Chesapeake Bay Bridge…

Garfield High School

Famous students included: Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix…

Going for the One by Yes

Going for the One by Yes Album Cover Location

The two towers located at 2029 and 2049 Century Park East are featured on the cover…

The Fire Inside by Bob Seger Album Cover Location

The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island graces the cover of Bob Seger and the Silver…

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…

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…

The Brill Building

The Brill Building – Where Many Classic Rock And Pop Songs Were Born

The Brill Building is home to some of the most important music offices in Manhattan..

Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music

A legendary music school that has educated many famous rock and pop…

Where Felix Pappalardi died

Felix Pappalardi was famous for being the producer of Cream and others as well…

Cedar Hill Cemetery

Buried Here – Eric Carr Of KISS

He replaced founding member Peter Criss in the rock band “KISS” in 1980…

Las Vegas Convention Center Silver Dome

Las Vegas Convention Center – Second ever Beatles concert in U.S.

The Beatles played here for their second ever U.S. gig in a former…

Lincoln Memorial Park

Buried Here – David Lynch Jr. Of “The Platters”

David was a member of the 1950s group, The Platters…

Kurt Cobain Memorial

Kurt Cobain Memorial in Viretta Park

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

Studio Paradiso

Studio Paradiso

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

Sherman Oaks Galleria

Sherman Oaks Galleria – Setting For “Valley Girl” By Frank Zappa

This is the place made famous in Frank Zappa’s epic, “Valley Girl”. It was also a main setting in…

The Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre

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

Woodlawn Cemetery

Buried Here – David Ruffin, Levi Stubbs, Billy Henderson

Earl was the main keyboardist with Motown Records’ in-house band the…

Rod Price Gravestone

Buried here – Rod Price, Founding Member & Guitar Player For Foghat

Rod was a founding member and guitar player for “Foghat.”…

The Boarding House

The Boarding House

Besides being one of the premier comedy clubs in San Francisco many a great…

Bill Graham Presents Offices

Bill Graham Presents Offices

Bill Graham Presents occupied this building from 1972 to 1985 when it was destroyed by…

Live in Brooklyn by Phish

Live in Brooklyn by Phish Album Cover Location

“Live in Brooklyn” by Phish was recorded at Keyspan Park, Coney Island in…

Woodstock Museum

Woodstock Museum

The purposes for Woodstock Museum is to gather, display, disseminate and…

Walnut Ridge Regional Airport

Walnut Ridge Regional Airport – The Beatles Only Visit To Arkansas

The Beatles one and only visit to Arkansas! On September 18, 1964, The …

The Shoreline Amphitheatre

The Shoreline Amphitheatre

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

Leo’s Casino

Leo’s Casino – Otis Redding’s Last Performance Was Here

After his first location burned to the ground, Leo Frank along with his business…

Jim Morrison Mural

“Morning Shot” , The Jim Morrison Mural In Venice Beach, California

Created by artist/muralist Rip Cronk in 1991, the mural of Jim Morrison is made of acrylic paint and is 12 feet wide…

City Auditorium

City Auditorium – Where Johnny Ace Died

Johnny Ace was a successful R&B singer with several hits including…

Kiel Opera House

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…

House of Blues

House of Blues

Part of the chain that includes locations in New Orleans and Cambridge, MA…

Where Stevie Ray Vaughan Died

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…

Soldier Field

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…

Elektra Asylum Records

Elektra Asylum Records

Elektra Records was started in 1950 by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickholt. During most of the …

Pauley Ballroom

Pauley Ballroom

In 1965 as part of the “Berkeley Folk Festival” The Jefferson Airplane and Country…

Upper Darby High School

Strangely enough, this small high school had two famous attendees….

Kent State Memorial

Kent State

The tragic events of May 4, 1970, when National Guardsman fired upon protesting students, killing four of them – Allison Krause,

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…

NBC Studios, New York

NBC Studios, New York – Home to Saturday Night Live

Broadcast from Studio 8H at NBC’s headquarters in the GE Building, Saturday…

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…

Heavenly Ski Resort

Heavenly Ski Resort – Where Sonny Bono Died

On January 5, 1998, Sonny Bono was skiing at Heavenly Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe and was…

Ray Charles

Where Ray Charles Died

Charles died on June 10, 2004 at this his home, surrounded by family and friends. He was 73 years old…

82 Club

82 Club – Legendary Drag Club Attracted Glam Rockers And Celebrities

This was a legendary drag club, during the 60’s and 70’s, this place became a popular hang …

Poster For Miami Pop Festival

Gulfstream Park – Miami Pop Festival

The Miami Pop Festival was the name of two different music festivals that…

Al’s Bar

Al’s Bar

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

Tower Theater

Tower Theater

On June 14, 1972, the first concert at the Tower was Dave Mason and…

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Commonly referred to as the “Kennedy Center”, it is the busiest performing arts facility in the…

De Neve Square Park

De Neve Square Park – Home to Elvis Presley’s touch football games

In the mid 60’s Elvis Presley and his entourage would unwind here on the weekends…

Calliope Warehouse

Calliope Warehouse Loft – First Ever Bill Graham Concert

Bill Graham threw his first concert – a legal defense fundraiser for the …

Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium

Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium

Built in 1913, it was originally known as the Oakland Civic Auditorium. In 1984, following…

Radio Recorders

Radio Recorders

In its prime, the studio was known as the best recording facility in Los Angeles. In the …

Miyako Hotel

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…

Fox Venice Theater

John Lee Hooker recorded a live album here with Canned Heat called “Live at the…

Hollywood Palace

Hollywood Palace

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

Criteria Studios – Derek & the Dominoes “Layla”, Eric Clapton’s “461 Ocean Blvd”, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” Recorded Here

Many classic recordings were made here including James Brown’s “I Feel Good”, Aretha Franklin’s…

Turn 21 by The Donnas

Turn 21 by The Donnas Album Cover Location

The cover of The Donnas’ “Turn 21” album was shot at the The Ruby Room…

Jungle Room Recording Studio

Jungle Room Recording Studio

Conveniently located next to Hollywood and Burbank, Jungle Room has been the…

Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital

Where Woody Guthrie Died

On October 3, 1967, Woody Guthrie died as a resident of the Creedmoor…

WDIA – AM 1070

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…

The Burbank Studios

NBC Studios – The Burbank Studios

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

X House

Exene Cervenka and John Doe of “X” lived in this house for a while…

NightBird Recording Studios

NightBird Recording Studios – Aerosmith, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Roger Waters

The industry’s most elite call NightBird their home away from home, taking full advantage…

Poster For Santa Rosa Fairgrounds

Santa Rosa Fairgrounds

Santa Rosa’s central location in Sonoma County made the Fairgrounds a good ‘extra date’…

Ozzie and Harriet Home

Ricky Nelson’s Boyhood Home

This is the home that Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson lived in until the time…

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…

Poster For The Warfield Theater

Warfield Theater

Opened in 1922, this nine story building was booked by Bill Graham in 1979 for…

Garden of Memories

Buried Here – Gram Parsons, “The Flying Burrito Brothers” & “The Byrds”

Gram recorded as a solo artist and also worked in several bands, including…

Oakmont Mortuary and Cemetery

Buried Here – Brent Mydland, Keyboardist For The Grateful Dead

Brent was the fourth keyboardist to play for The Grateful Dead…

Chris Cornell

Where Chris Cornell Of Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog & Audioslave Died

Chris Cornell, one of the founders of Soundgarden in 1984, died of an apparent suicide on May 17, 2017…

Washington Square Hotel

Washington Square Hotel – Home Base For Traveling Musicians Visiting New York

This hotel has been a haven for writers and artists for more than a century…

RCA Studio B

RCA Studio B – Elvis Presley Recorded Over 250 Songs Here

Originally known simply as RCA Studios, the studio became famous in the…