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.

Empire Stadium – The Beatles’ First Canadian Concert

The Beatles’ first Canadian concert took place in front of 20,261 fans here…

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…

Berklee College of Music

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

Village Gate Nightclub in Greenwich Village

Throughout its many years, the Village Gate featured many top jazz and Rock N Roll…

Wild Honey By The Beach Boys Album Cover Location

The cover of “Wild Honey” was a photo of one of the stained glass windows…

Calliope Warehouse Loft In San Francisco, Venue For First Ever Bill Graham Concert

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

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…

1987 U2 Rooftop Concert Location Of “Where The Streets Have No Name” Video

In 1987 U2 recorded the video for “Where the Streets Have No Name” on this…

Where Tim Hardin Died

Tim Hardin, the singer/songwriter who wrote Rod Stewart’s “Reason to Believe” and “If I Were A…

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…

Staples Center

Incredible newer venue which opened in 1999 with concerts from Bruce Springsteen…

Cathay De Grande

An influential small club where many bands including the “Go-Go’s”, “The Blasters” and…

El Cid – The Beau Brummels were discovered here

Disc Jockey Tom Donahue discovered the Beau Brummels here. It’s said that he heard…

The Doors Office and Recording Studio In West Hollywood, CA

The second floor once housed the business offices for the Doors. They recorded their…

Where Don Cornelius, Creator And Host Of ” Soul Train” Died

On the morning of February 1, 2012, police discovered the body of “Soul…

Sunset Towers By Don Everly Album Cover Location

One of the Sunset Strip’s first high-rise buildings as well as one of the best examples of Art …

Capitol Records – The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran

According to legend the design of this building is meant to represent a stack…

Jungle Room Recording Studio

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

Where Frankie Lymon Died Of A Heroin Overdose

Frankie Lymon was a rock ‘n roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter…

Will Rogers Memorial Park – George Michael Was Busted Here

On April 7, 1998, British pop singer George Michael (formerly of Wham!) was arrested for…

Napa State Hospital – Early Cramps Venue

On June 13, 1978, Lux Interior and his band the Cramps played an event at the hospital that…

FIrst ZZ Top Show – Knights of Columbus Hall

On Feb. 10, 1970, ZZ Top played their first show with what is their now iconic lineup of Billy Gibbons…

Greetings From Asbury Park N.J. By Bruce Springsteen Album Cover Location

Springsteen used a greeting card type of graphic to highlight Asbury…

Savoy-Tivoli

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

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

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

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…

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…

Little Richard’s Home

After his early success, Little Richard purchased this home for himself and his mother in…

North Beach Revival

Another SF location that has seen many incarnations, the North Beach Revival…

Warner Brothers Records

Warner Bros. Records opened for business on March 19, 1958, above the film studio’s…

Aberdeen Museum of History, Partly Devoted To Kurt Cobain And Nirvana

Based in Kurt Cobain’s home town, this museum has a section devoted…

B.B. King Blues Club

Located in Times Square, this club has hosted many great music acts including…

Jon Bon Jovi’s Former Condominium In New York NY

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

Village Recording Studios

Many great classic rock albums were recorded here including: Goat’s Head Soup – Rolling…

Sonoma County Fairgrounds

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

Mother’s Nightclub – San Francisco

Some people consider this to be the first ever psychedelic night club. The Lovin’ Spoonful…

Great American Music Hall

San Francisco’s oldest and grandest nightclub opened in 1907 after the 1906 earthquake…

Hard Rock Cafe – New York

The New York edition of the famous restaurant/bar chain. The Times Square cafe…

The Aquarius Theatre – Parts Of The Doors Album “Absolutely Live” Recorded Here

How many lives can one building have? Opened in 1938, by the time the 60’s rolled around…

City Auditorium, Houston Texas – Where Johnny Ace Died

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

Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel, Owned By Kate Pierson of the B-52s

As a member of the rock band, The B-52’s, Kate Pierson has seen it all. She is now …

Fur Peace Ranch, Owned By Jorma Kaukonen Of “Jefferson Airplane” And “Hot Tuna”

Jorma Kaukonen and his wife Vanessa conceived what Jorma calls “a ranch that grows guitar players.”

Street-Legal By Bob Dylan Album Cover Location

Bob Dylan’s “Street-Legal” album was shot on the steps of what was then…

Purple Onion Coffee House Historic Folk Music Venue

The Purple Onion Coffee House operated from 1960 to 1965 in the Yorkville neighborhood of Toronto…

The Original Hard Rock Cafe – Where “Morrison Hotel” Album Back Cover Was Shot

This is where The Doors’ “Morrison Hotel” album back cover was shot in 1969 by famous…

The Sea Witch In West Hollywood CA Was An Early Doors Venue

On December 9th and 10th, 1966, a new band called “The Doors” played…

Where Duane Allman Of “The Allman Brothers Band” Died

On October 29, 1971, Duane Allman was traveling west on Hillcrest Ave. As he entered the…

Pacific Recorders

Pacific Recorders was the first 16 track recording studio in the Bay Area. The…

Howard University In Washington DC Had Many Famous Alumni

Founded in 1866 by Gen. Oliver O. Howard as Howard Theological Seminary…

Phil Lesh’s Former Home In Palo Alto

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

Bard College – Donald Fagen And Walter Becker Met Here

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker met here and after a brief time as staff songwriters at…

Book Soup – Best Place To See A Musician Sign Their Book

Book Soup is one of the most popular book stores for celebrity book signings…

MCA Records

MCA Records was part of the Music Corporation of America (MCA). In 2003, it was bought…

Sylvia’s Soul Food – Before And After Hangout For The Apollo Theater

A local favorite, Sylvia’s has also been known to have many famous customers due to…

Hampton Comes Alive By Phish Album Cover Location

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

Albin Rooming House – Big Brother And The Holding Company Began Here

Rod Albin started managing the property in 1964, allowing his brother Peter and other students from San Francisco State …

Where Randy Rhoads Was Killed In A Plane Crash

On March 19th, 1982 Ozzy Osbourne and his band were on their way to Orlando, FL from…

Back In Town By The Kingston Trio Album Cover Location

The Kingston Trio’s live album “Back In Town” was photographed at this intersection…

Las Vegas Hilton – Elvis Performed For 58 Consecutive Sold Out Shows Here.

When the Hilton opened in 1969, it was the largest hotel in the world…

Stinkweeds, A Classic Record Store

Stinkweeds is an independently owned and operated music store and website with a serious…