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:

Riverside National Cemetery

Buried here – Jim Pash, Edward Benjamin Townsend, Earl Palmer

Jim was the saxophonist for The Surfaris known for their 1963 instrumental hit Wipe Out…

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The Roxy

The Roxy

At one time or another, if you played Los Angeles, you played at the Roxy. Van Morrison…

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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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The Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera House

In 1970, for two nights, The Who performed some of the first ever live performances…

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Rod's Hickory Pit

Rod’s Hickory Pit – Green Day’s First Live Performance

This was a roadside diner where Green Day played their first gig on October 17, 1987…

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Mermaid Avenue by Wilco

Mermaid Avenue by Wilco Album Cover Location

Billy Bragg and Wilco’s “Mermaid Avenue” album cover was shot at Mermaid…

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Max's Kansas City

Max’s Kansas City

A true New York icon, Max’s is a place where art and music seem to fuse together…

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Toronto Rock and Roll Revival

Toronto Rock and Roll Revival – The Plastic Ono Band, The Doors, Alice Cooper, Chicago

John Lennon and Yoko were invited be the emcees. Lennon suggested that they wouldn’t…

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Ray Charles Memorial Library

The Ray Charles Memorial Library

The new museum contains seven galleries on the ground floor of a two-story…

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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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Paul’s Mall – First Live Bob Marley Concert In The U.S.

Paul’s Mall had a relatively short life, but in their approximately 15 years of…

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Alta Mesa Cemetery

Buried Here – Ron (Pigpen) McKernan, Founding Member Of The Grateful Dead

Ron was a founding member of The Grateful Dead. His contributions to the band included vocals, Hammond…

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Upper Darby High School

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

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Crosby, Stills & Nash

Crosby, Stills & Nash by Crosby, Stills & Nash Album Cover Location

Although the original old house is gone, this is the location where Crosby, Stills…

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Rick Stevens Arrest

Edenvale Elementary School – Tower of Power Lead Singer Arrested For Murder

On February 19th 1976, the lead singer for Tower of Power, Rick Stevens, surrendered to police…

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The Starwood

The Starwood – One of the first clubs to book L.A. punk bands

The hard rock club of the seventies and one of the first clubs to book L.A. punk bands…

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Have You Seen Your Mother Baby

Have You Seen Your Mother Baby by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones released a single of “Have You Seen Your Mother Baby (Standing In…

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Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall – Last concert performance of R.E.M.

Designed by architect William Burnet Tuthill and built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891…

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The Mercury Lounge

Since it opened in the early 90’s, many famous artists have played here including Radiohead…

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The Rail Club

Where Mike Scaccia Of “Ministry” And “Rigor Mortis” Died

On Saturday, December 22, 2012, Mike Scaccia, the guitarist for Ministry…

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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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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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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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Berry Oakley

Where Berry Oakley Of “The Allman Brothers Band” Was Killed

On November 11, 1972, Oakley was involved in an accident just three blocks from where…

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El Camino Real High School

El Camino Real High School

Now known as El Camino Real Charter High School, and commonly referred to as ECR, was…

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Fairhaven Memorial Park

Buried here – Leo Fender, Designer Of Guitars & Pam Morrison, Wife And Muse Of Jim Morrison

Leo was an American inventor who founded Fender Musical Instruments Corporation…

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The Riverboat Coffeehouse

The Riverboat Coffeehouse

The Riverboat opened in October, 1964 and closed in June of 1978…

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Garden of Allah

Garden of Allah – They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot

A fabled apartment/hotel that welcomed transient show business guests from 1935…

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Gaslight Square Photo

Gaslight Square

Gaslight Square, which was located in St. Louis from approximately 1957…

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Marty Balin's Home

Marty Balin’s Home

Not far from downtown Mill Valley is this house purchased by Marty Balin after the initial success of the…

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Newport 1960 by Muddy Waters

Newport 1960 by Muddy Waters Album Cover Location

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

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Saint Gertrudes Roman Catholic Cemetery

Buried Here – Don Ciccone Of “The Four Seasons” & “Tommy James and The Shondells”

Don was the frontman, guitar player and lead singer for “The Critters”. They had a Top 20 hit on the…

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Delta Blues Museum

Delta Blues Museum

The Delta Blues Museum is housed in the historic Clarksdale freight depot…

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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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SST Records

SST Records

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

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Michigan Memorial Park

Buried Here – Joseph “Joe C” Calleja, Sidekick & Friend Of Kid Rock

Known as “Joe C,” he was the sidekick and friend of rock/rap musician…

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Amoeba Music Hollywood

Amoeba Music

The Los Angeles location is a massive store filled with thousands of records, cds and dvds…

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Quality Inn

Where Richard Manuel Of “The Band” Died

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

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Pauley Ballroom

Pauley Ballroom

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

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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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Eden Memorial Park

Buried Here – Bruce Gary, Drummer For “The Knack”

Bruce is best known as the drummer for the music group The Knack…

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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…

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Museum of Making Music

The Museum of Making Music

The Museum of Making Music explores the multifaceted history of the American music products industry…

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Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indiana State Fairgrounds Roof Collapse

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

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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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Scaggs Vineyard

Scaggs Vineyard Owned By Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs and his wife Dominique, moved to the hills above Napa Valley in 1996…

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Bob Dylan’s Boyhood Home

Bob Dylan was raised in this home, a two story, wood framed, flat roofed, stucco house and an…

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Jimi Hendrix Burial Site

Buried Here – Jimi Hendrix, Guitarist, Composer, Singer And Showman

Jimi died on September 18, 1970 while touring through London, England. When…

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The Dakota

Where John Lennon was killed

On December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon just outside…

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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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John Fogerty Studio

John Fogerty Studio

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

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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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Music City Walk of Fame

Music City Walk of Fame

The Music City Walk of Fame on Nashville’s Music Mile is a landmark tribute to those from all…

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St. John the Baptist

Buried Here – Andy Warhol, Producer, Designer And Painter

Andy was the producer and designer of the first album by the Velvet…

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Pal Recording Studio

Pal Recording Studio, Zappa Bought It And Renamed it Studio Z

From 1957–1964 Pal Recording Studio was an independent shop that …

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Swing Auditorium

Swing Auditorium – Buffalo Springfield First Concert

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

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Adam Yauch Park

Adam Yauch Park – Dedicated To A Founder Of The Beastie Boys

Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn Heights was officially rechristened Adam Yauch Park on May 3, 2013…

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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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Machine Gun Etiquette

Machine Gun Etiquette by The Damned Album Cover Location

Times Square was the location of the cover for The Damned’s third album, Machine Gun…

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Buried here – Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Chris Cornell, Charlie Allen, Bianca Halstead

Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone who were not actually related as all members of the band…

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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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Stanley Theatre

Stanley Theatre – Last Bob Marley Concert

The Stanley Theatre, now known as The Benedum Center for the Performing…

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Umpawaug Cemetery

Buried Here – Mary Travers Of The Folk Trio Peter, Paul and Mary

Along with Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey, Mary formed the legendary…

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Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.

Wednesday Morning 3 A.M. by Simon and Garfunkel Album Cover Location

The 53rd street subway station was the location for the cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s…

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Silverlake Conservatory of Music

Silverlake Conservatory of Music, Founded By Red Hot Chili Peppers Bassist Flea

The Silverlake Conservatory of Music which was founded in 2001 by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and…

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The Purple Onion

The Purple Onion

The club that launched the Smothers Brothers and The Kingston Trio is still…

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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 …

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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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Gardner Street Elementary School

Gardner Street Elementary School – Michael Jackson went to school here.

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

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Black Bottom Cemetery

Buried Here – Little Eva, Sang “Locomotion” By Carole King And Gerry Goffin

She was asked by the writing team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin to…

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Varsity Stadium

Varsity Stadium – Rock ‘n Roll Revival Concert

The stadium has hosted many famous concerts including the 1969 Rock…

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Joshua Tree Inn

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…

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Dressed To Kill by KISS

Dressed To Kill by KISS Album Cover Location

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

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Vince Neil's Tatuado Cantina

Vince Neil’s Tatuado Cantina

At Vince Neil’s Tatuado Cantina, the sounds of Mötley Crüe’s hits are…

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Mickey Hart's Ranch

Mickey Hart’s Ranch – A Grateful Dead Unofficial Rehearsal Hall

Mickey Hart rented this ranch for a time and it became the Grateful Dead’s unofficial…

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The Blues Foundation

The Blues Foundation – Blues Hall Of Fame

Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation is dedicated to preserving…

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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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Frost Amphitheater

Frost Amphitheater

Frost Amphitheater is located on the Stanford University campus at the corner of …

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ABC Television Center

ABC Television Center

Many great and memorable television shows have been produced here including…

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HofBrau Hotel

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

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

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