The Poster Seeks to Map Out All of Alternative Music History

History does not unfold in a straight line. There are zigs and zags, quantum leaps and annoying gaps. Organizing it into something coherent can be daunting.

A design studio called Dorothy considered the history of alt-rock. How could it be made easier to understand from a visual point of the view? The result was this schematic diagram that looks like a circuit board from an old transistor radio. (Click on the image for an enlarged view).

You may find yourself spending an awful lot of time examining the various connections. Oh, and you can buy a poster version of this for $43 USD. (Via Wired)


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “The Poster Seeks to Map Out All of Alternative Music History

  • October 11, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Interesting, but, on first glance, there are some major oddities on this thing. Rancid nowhere close to the Clash?! Electronic with no connection to the Smiths??

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