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20th Century Underground

At the front end of the twenty first century the UK's Guardian newspaper has boldly attempted to plot the history of twentieth centry music.

The paper has used the now iconic London underground map and replaced each station with a composer, artist or band. Further, the traditional lines (Northern, Central, Jubilee etc.) have been replaced by genres and schools of music to attempt to bring some form of cohesion to the new map. The categories used are:

Soul, Reggae, Pop, Rock, British Folk, Electonica and Dance, Avant-Garde, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Blues and Country, Funk, DJ Shadow and RZA, Classical and Soundtracks.

The map sees 'avant-garde' composers John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen interchange via Pierre Boulez with classical composers Ligeti, Penderecki and Birtwistle. Elsewhere Beatles producer George Martin links the classical world with (of course) the Beatles and the Beach Boys and further down the line The Chemical Brothers and Bob Marley!

Follow the given link to see the map in full.

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