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.

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..

Rasputin Music & DVD’s – San Francisco On Powell Street

One of the largest record stores anywhere. It could take days and days to go…

Little Richard’s Home

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

The Record Plant, Sausalito – Some Of The Greatest Albums Of All Time Were Recorded Here

Boy does this place have a history, some of the greatest albums of all time were recorded here…

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…

The Riverside Hotel In Clarksdale MS – Where Bessie Smith Died

The Riverside Hotel is where Bessie Smith died in 1937 after her fatal…

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…

Masonic Auditorium

Bob Dylan performed a famous concert here in November of 1964. Also, Van Morrison…

Maverick’s Flat

Some great early black groups played here at what came to be known as the West…

Shangra-la Recording Studio Former Location In Malibu

In the early 1970’s Rob Fraboni designed and built the recording studios at…

Oshawa Civic Auditorium In Oshawa Ontario, Canada

On April 22, 1979, the Auditorium hosted two benefit concerts for the…

Monster Island Recording Studio

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

Staples Center

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

Guns N’ Roses Former Home

The band lived here in the early 1980’s before they hit it big…

Life Without Balloons By The Late Greats Album Cover Location

The mural painted here was by a friend of the band and was used on the…

Aberdeen High School Alumni Include Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic

Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana attended high school here…

X House Home Of Exene Cervenka and John Doe of “X”

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

Muscle Shoals Sound Studios – First Rhythm Section To Own Its Studio

The Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section was the first rhythm section to own its own studio and, eventually…

The Blues Foundation – Blues Hall Of Fame In Memphis Tennessee

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

Basin Street West

Basin Street West was a famous Jazz club which gradually migrated towards rock before…

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…

KLOS-FM – World Famous L.A. FM Radio Station

This long time rock and roll FM station is still going strong. Three of the more famous…

Swing Auditorium – Buffalo Springfield’s First Concert

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

Columbus Recorders

In an attempt to duplicate the free form nature of a live Grateful Dead show, the…

Lake Amador Gold Rush Festival, Held on October 4, 1969

On October 4, 1969, an estimated 40,000 people flocked to the small county of Amador in central…

Warner Brothers Studios, “Wish You Were Here” Album Cover Location

Pink Floyd’s 1975 “Wish You Where Here” album cover was shot here. And yes, that…

Frost Amphitheater

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

Middle Georgia Raceway – Second Atlanta International Pop Festival

The second Atlanta International Pop Festival was a rock festival held in…

The Comedy Store – Previously Ciro’s Where The Byrds Became Famous

Certainly famous in its own right as one the original places where the current…

Sheraton Gunter Hotel – Robert Johnson Recorded Here

On November 23, 1936, in Room 414, a talent scout arranged a session with…

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…

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…

Bob Dylan’s Former Home In Malibu

Dylan lived here in the 60’s and 70’s after purchasing it from Jennifer Jones in 1966…

University of California at Berkeley

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

Zellerbach Auditorium

A nice intimate 3,000 seat auditorium that has seen some great bands come…

Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium In San Rafael, CA

Since opening in 1971, this venue has hosted some great acts including, James…

Gainesville High School – Students Included Tom Petty, Don Felder & Bernie Leadon

Both Leadon and Felder went on to be in the Eagles and of course Petty went on to fame and fortune fronting The Heartbreakers.

Where Eric Carr, Drummer For Kiss Died

Eric Carr was the drummer for Kiss when he was diagnosed with…

The Purple Onion

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

Orange County Fairgrounds – 1968 Newport Pop Festival

The Newport Pop Festival was held here the weekend of August 3-4, 1968 with many…

The Stone Pony – Bruce Springsteen Performs Regularly Here

The Stone Pony, opened its doors on Feb. 8, 1974 in a building which formerly…

“The Ramones” By The Ramones Album Cover Location

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

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

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

Where Janis Joplin Died

On October 4, 1970 at the age of 27, Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin in room 105 of…

University Senior High School

Many famous musicians went to this school…. some even graduated. Here are…

University of Georgia – Mike Mills, Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

Many musicians attended/graduated from the University including:

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

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

Palm Beach International Speedway – Palm Beach International Music and Arts Festival

The First (and last) Annual Palm Beach International Music and Arts Festival was…

Santa Venetia Armory – Former Venue in San Rafael

The Santa Venetia Armory, was the National Guard Armory, and a regular…

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 …

A&M Records – James Brown, Joe Cocker, Cream, Oingo Boingo, Soundgarden

The buildings here were originally built by Charlie Chaplin as the Chaplin Studios…

Janis Joplin’s Last Bay Area Residence

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

The Concord Pavilion

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

The Secret Sound Recording Studio

In the early 70’s, Todd Rundgren built a recording studio in the top story loft that…

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…

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…

Intercontinental Absurdities – Frank Zappa’s Production Company

Intercontinental Absurdities is the name of Frank Zappa’s production company.

Where Mikey Welsh Of “Weezer” Died In Chicago

On October 8, 2011, Mikey Welsh, the former bassist for Weezer, was found…

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

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

Master Recorders

Originally a recording studio specializing in jazz, many pop/rock artists recorded…