This is a great idea (PDF). It’s tremendously problematic. But worth checking out.
Basically, a music writer for the Guardian used the classic London tube map (PDF) as a template for mapping the history of 20th century popular music. While I grudgingly admit it’s a brilliant concept, I think I’m more excited just to print it out and take it to the pub to argue with people about it. That sounds fun. I’m sure Dave and I will have a go at it this weekend when he visits. . . though I imagine we’ll just agree on everything.
Now when Sam gets here, that’s when the fireworks start. . . Right, Mr. A Love?
Samuel A Love says
The Brits have this thing about interpreting their rock history through visual and highly organized schema.
I have seen part of a UK punk (I’m talking the glory days of ’75-’76) family tree that had far more detail than I could possibly imagine there needing to be.
“Candy in the Rubbishbin featured Sid Vicious on drums, Rat Scabies on drums, and featured three bass players including, very briefly, a then 9-year old Rick Astley. “
Fireworks? No my friend. IRA Bombs.
Look out, G. I’m a-coming, and I’m going to tell you — in no uncertain terms — why the Jeff Beck Group should absolutely BE the freaking interchange between skiffle and neo-grass. I mean, Moby Grape? Hello!