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.

Eight Track Museum

The world’s first Eight Track Museum is now open in the Deep Ellum arts district of Dallas…

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

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

Turn 21 By The Donnas Album Cover Location

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

Boom Boom Room In San Francisco’s Old Fillmore District

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s old Fillmore district, the Club is a sultry, down…

Elektra Asylum Records

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

The Bob Dylan Archive

The Dylan Archive includes the complete sessions for all of his albums along with dozens of professionally filmed concerts…

Black Dog Forge, Was Pearl Jam And Soundgarden’s Rehearsal Basement

Pearl Jam and Soundgarden rehearsed in the basement of this blacksmithing…

Alabama Music Hall of Fame In Tuscumbia

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame was a dream and goal of the Muscle Shoals Music Association…

The Metropolitan Opera House

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

Long View Farm Studios

This is a former dairy farm that has been converted in to a recording studio…

Wolfgang’s

Almost immediately after opening in 1983, this 600 seat location called Wolfgang’…

Enigma Records

Enigma was founded and run by brothers William and Wesley Hein. Enigma focused on…

Where Rick James Died

On the morning of August 6, 2004, Rick James was found dead in his home by his…

The Alamo Gets Peed On By A Drunk Ozzy Osbourne

In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne was taking part in a tour across the United States…

The Cotton Bowl Stadium – First Crossroads Guitar Festival Held Here

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

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…

Fox Venice Theater

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

Upper Darby High School

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

Radio Recorders

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

Stax Museum of American Soul, The Original Location Of “Stax Records”

Located at the original site of the legendary Stax Records in the heart of Soulsville USA in Memphis…

Where Mitch Mitchell Of “The Jimi Hendrix Experience” Died

Mitch Mitchell, the drummer who provided the heartbeat of the Jimi Hendrix Experience on rock classics died of…

Marshall Tavern – A Classic Tavern On Highway 1 In Marin County

Neil Young played a three-day stand at the Tavern in 1975 causing a traffic jam…

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…

The Tropicana Motel – Former Location

In the 60s, the Tropicana was a low rent hotel appealing to struggling musicians…

Chateau Marmont – Jim Morrison Lived Here & John Belushi Died Here

If discretion, location and luxury is what a rock star needs, they usually find it at the…

Live At The Harlem Square Club By Sam Cooke Album Cover Location

In 1963 Sam Cooke recorded what is regarded as one of the greatest ever…

Skyscraper by David Lee Roth Album Cover Location

The cover of “Skyscraper” shows Diamond Dave scaling Glacier Point in…

“Shapes And Patterns” By Swing Out Sister Album Cover Location

Swing Out Sister’s “Shapes and Patterns” album cover was shot at Astro Land …

Dion’s Childhood Home In New York

Dion grew up here. He is best remembered as the leader of Dion & The Belmonts…

David Grohl Alley Located In His Hometown of Warren Ohio

In Dave Grohl’s hometown of Warren, Ohio a shrine has been dedicated…

The Palomino

The Palomino has long been known as a country-flavored club, but in the 80’s…

Magoo’s Pizza Parlor Where The Warlocks, Later Known As The Grateful Dead, Played Their First Gig

On May 5th, 1965 a group called the “Warlocks” played their first gig at Magoo’s Pizza…

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…

Monster Island Recording Studio

Current and past clients include: Chaka Khan, Meshell N’degeocello, Lucy…

Pico and Sepulveda – By Freddy Martin And His Orchestra

Pico and Sepulveda” was originally a 1947 song by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra…

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

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

Elvis Presley Birthplace In Tupelo

Experience Elvis! That’s exactly what fans worldwide do when they visit Tupelo, Miss…

Marty Balin’s Home

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

Electric Lady Studios – Hendrix Last Ever Studio Recording

Jimi Hendrix turned a Greenwich Village club in to a recording studio in 1968. Before…

Kurt Cobain Memorial in Viretta Park

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

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

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

Centerfold Newsstand – Slash Worked Here Before GNR

This location was a previous employer of Slash of Guns N’Roses. Great magazine …

Jon Bon Jovi’s Former Condominium In New York NY

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

Uncle Charlie’s – Huey Lewis And The News Early Concert Venue

Seemingly just another bar in a suburban shopping center, this is the place that Huey Lewis…

After The Gold Rush by Neil Young Album Cover Location

The cover of Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush was shot as he was walking…

Surf Ballroom & Museum – Last Place Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, And The Big Bopper Played

In addition to having The Little River Band, Loverboy, The Righteous Brothers, The Temptations…

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…

The Concord Pavilion

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

Fame Recording Studios In Muscle Shoals

Fame has worked in the studio with some of the greatest artists in rock music history. Artists such as…

Riverfront Coliseum – Venue Of The Tragic Who Concert In 1979

On December 3, 1979 this venue was where eleven people died and 26 others were injured…

Cleveland Stadium – Home of World Series of Rock

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

Phoenix Theater In Petaluma, Last Concert Venue for “Sublime”

The Phoenix began as a small town opera house. Opened in 1905 as the Hill…

“This Land is Your Land” Was Written At Hanover House Hotel

Hanover House, was an inexpensive hotel for transients located on the…

“Lights…Camera…Revolution!” By Suicidal Tendencies Album Cover Location

The album cover for Suicidal Tendencies’ “Lights…Camera…Revolution!” was…

Jerry Garcia’s Last Home

Jerry’s home went on the market in September of 2010, but was soon after removed from…

Hollywood High School

Hollywood High has been the sight of many memorable concerts, notably Elvis Costello…

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…

Valley Music Center

Many rock bands played here in the 60’s and 70’s including but not limited to: The Doors…

Newport Folk Festival

The Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 and continues on to this…

Synchro Sound

The Cars recorded most of their hits in the 1980’s here. Aerosmith recorded…