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:

Justin Herman Plaza

Justin Herman Plaza – Home Of An Impromptu U2 Concert

On the second leg of the Joshua Tree US Tour, U2 decided to have a spontaneous…

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Surfin' Safari

Surfin’ Safari by The Beach Boys Album Cover Location

Paradise Cove has been featured in many movies, and it was the location for the…

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Memorial Park Cemetery

Buried Here – Leon Russell Who Played With “Delaney & Bonnie & Friends”, “Joe Cocker” And As A Solo Artist

Leon Russell was a musician, songwriter and producer who played with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends…

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New York Hospital

New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center – Where Andy Warhol Died

Andy Warhol died here suffering from a gall bladder infection on February…

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Crystal Ballroom

Crystal Ballroom

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

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Levon Helm Studios

Levon Helm Studios – Home Of “The Midnight Ramble Sessions”

Levon was the host of The Midnight Ramble Sessions which was named for the traveling minstrel shows of his youth.

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Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College – Members of Van Halen went to school here.

Due to it’s proximity to Hollywood and the studios found nearby, Pasadena …

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Tapestry Album Location

Tapestry by Carole King Album Cover Location

This is the home where the picture on the cover of Carole King’s monster…

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The Concord Pavilion

The Concord Pavilion

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

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Buried Here – Karl Mueller

Karl was the bass player for “Soul Asylum”…

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BMG Records

BMG Records – RCA Records

Previously the home of RCA Records, it was the west coast home of the German…

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Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Pasadena Civic Auditorium

The Civic Auditorium is probably best known for hosting the Motown 25th Anniversary…

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Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame is a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating…

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Rose Hills Memorial Park

Buried here – Mark St. John, Bryan Gregory, Eric Wright, Mark St. John

Bryan was a founding member of and guitarist for The Cramps. Eric “Eazy-E” Wright…

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The Best Of Steely Dan

Remastered – The Best Of Steely Dan Album Cover Location

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

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Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College

Located west of Hollywood, this two year junior college had many students that went on…

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Curtis Hixon Hall

Curtis Hixon Hall – Duane Allman & Derek and the Dominos

A lot of performers played here over the years as it was the primary Tampa…

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Where Felix Pappalardi died

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

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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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Wally Heider's San Francisco Studios Plaque

Wally Heider’s San Francisco Studios

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

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Joan Jett’s Residence

When Joan Jett first moved to Los Angeles in 1977, she rented an apartment here, not far…

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Cleveland Stadium

Cleveland Stadium – Home of World Series of Rock

Cleveland Stadium (also known as Lakefront Stadium and Cleveland Municipal…

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Cold Spring Harbor by Billy Joel

Cold Spring Harbor by Billy Joel Album Cover Location

The cover for Billy Joel’s “Cold Spring Harbor ” was shot here…

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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…

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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…

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Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital

Where Woody Guthrie Died

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

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Graceland West

Graceland West – Elvis Presley’s Home In Palm Springs

Elvis Presley originally bought the five-bedroom, seven-bath home in 1970…

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The Forum

The Forum

Formerly The Great Western Forum, it had seating for over 17,000 people, The Great Western…

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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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Phil Lesh’s Former Home

When Phil lived here in 1965, his band The Warlocks, decided to change there…

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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…

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New Frontier Hotel and Casino

New Frontier Hotel and Casino – Elvis’ First Las Vegas Show/Last Supremes Concert

Elvis Presley first performed in Las Vegas here in 1956 when he was 21…

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Douglass Pioneer Cemetery

Buried Here – Kent Henry, Guitar Player For “Blues Image”

Kent was a member of Blues Image which was best known for their hit “Ride…

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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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Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Commonly just referred to as “Woodstock” this is the location of the most famous rock…

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Wild Honey

Brian Wilson’s Former Home

At one time, Wilson had the entire home painted purple, probably just to tick…

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The Burbank Studios

NBC Studios – The Burbank Studios

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

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The Turtle’s Home

In 1967, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of The Turtles moved in to this home near the…

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Juilliard School

Juilliard School

Julliard is a performing arts conservatory. It trains about 800 undergraduate and…

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Bitter End

Bitter End

Many music legends played here, many got some of their first gigs here as well. Here’s a…

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Austin City Limits Music Festival – Zilker Park

The Festival is an annual event that takes place every Fall on 46-acres in…

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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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Eastside Sound

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

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Lauderdale Memorial Park

Buried Here – Danny Joe Brown, Lead Singer Of “Molly Hatchet”

Danny was the lead singer of “Molly Hatchet”…

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Cotton Bowl Stadium

The Cotton Bowl Stadium – First Crossroads Guitar Festival Held Here

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

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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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Tarpan Studios

Tarpan Studios

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

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University of California at Berkeley

University of California at Berkeley

UC Berkeley has many famous musical alumni including: Stewart Copeland, Drew Daniel…

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Randy Rhoads Limited Release Cabernet

D’Argenzio Winery – Randy Rhoads Limited Release Cabernet

D’Argenzio Winery has a one time vintage wine called The Randy Rhoads Limited Release…

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Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre – Brooklyn Site Of The Who’s U.S. Debut

On March 25, 1967, The Who made their U.S. debut here as part of a Murray the K Rock…

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Janis Joplin’s Last Bay Area Residence

Janis Joplin spent the last year of her life here before overdosing at the…

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Cass Elliot’s Home

This was the last residence owned and lived in by Cass Elliot…

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Loara High School

Loara High School – No Doubt, Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley

Strangely enough, Tim Buckley and his son Jeff Buckley went to school…

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Coffee Gallery

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…

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Poster For Shrine Auditorium

Shrine Auditorium Home To The Grammy Awards, The MTV Music Awards & The Emmy Awards

When it was built by the Shriners back in 1906 (and rebuilt in 1920 after a fire) the…

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Gilman Street Music Club

Gilman Street Music Club

This place is best known as the birthplace for the bands Green Day and Rancid…

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Eternal Home Cemetery

Buried Here – Bill Graham, Impresario And Rock Concert Promoter

Bill was the ultimate impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991…

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The Ramones by The Ramones

The Ramones by The Ramones Album Cover Location

The brick building at 2nd Street between Bowery and 2nd Ave. was the background…

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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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Garrick Theatre

Garrick Theatre

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention played here nightly nightly for 6 months in 1967. Their shows…

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Beatles at John F. Kennedy International Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport – The Beatles First Arrive In The U.S. Here

On February 4, 1964, more then 10,000 screaming teenagers welcomed…

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Basin C-1100

Where Dennis Wilson Of The Beach Boys Died

Dennis Wilson, of The Beach Boys, died (at age 39) in a drowning accident off a friend’s…

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but the annex to the Cleveland based…

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The Rock and Blues Museum

The Rock and Blues Museum

Covering the museum walls and in the colorful display cases, you’ll find beautiful artwork…

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Missouri State Fairgrounds

Missouri State Fairgrounds – Ozark Music Festival

The Ozark Music Festival was held here on July 19-21, 1974 and is considered…

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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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PS 164

P.S. 164 – Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel First Met Here

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel met at this school when they were both around…

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Denver Center For The Performing Arts

Denver Center For The Performing Arts – First Led Zeppelin U.S. Concert

Led Zeppelin played their first ever U.S. concert here on December 26, 1968. On this tour, Led…

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Pet Sounds

Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys Album Cover Location

The Beach Boys were photographed feeding goats at the San Diego Zoo for their…

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Green Hills Memorial Park

Buried Here – William Joseph Clarke, Harmonica Player & Dennis Dale Boon Of “The Minutemen.”

Known as D, he was the singer, songwriter and guitarist for “The Minutemen…

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Norman Petty Studios

Norman Petty Studios – Buddy Holly Hits Including “Peggy Sue” Recorded Here

Norman Petty was a singer and songwriter, but he is probably best known…

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Poster For California Polytechnic State University

California Polytechnic State University

On May 19, 1967 The Jefferson Airplane played in the Men’s Gym at Cal Poly. Billed…

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Emory Hospital

Where James Brown Died

James was in Atlanta when he fell ill, and was admitted into the Emory…

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Garden of Memories Cemetery and Mausoleum

Buried Here – Al Caiola, Session Musician Had Hits With Cover Songs

Al was a well known session musician that had a few hits of his own, his cover of…

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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…

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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…

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Jungle Room Recording Studio

Jungle Room Recording Studio

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

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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…

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Pink's Hot Dogs

Pink’s Hot Dogs – Old Phil Spector hangout

Everybody who has ever loved a good hot dog has been here. A lot of them have their head…

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