20th Century Music Tube Map

This is the second of hopefully many posts exposing my domestic picture lusting. But in this post, the poster that was picked, purchased and pinned to the wall wasn’t my choice, but my boyfriend’s. Thankfully, his taste is as exceptional as mine 😉

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The poster in question is a re-fashioning of the London tube map featuring musicians from the 20th Century. Using Harry Beck‘s original anti-geographical design and a dollop of inspiration from Simon Patterson’s 1992 creation The Great Bear, music writer for The Guardian, Dorian Lynskey, came up with this ‘experiment to see if one intricate network can be overlaid on a completely different one’ back in 2006. He started with a box of coloured crayons and found that each line lended to a a particular genre; pop ran through many styles so had to be circle, while Classical occupying it’s own musical sphere lended well to the DLR. The most eclectic artists occupied the major stations as objectively as possible, with some interesting explanations. As Lynskey wrote on the Guardian Culture Vulture Blog:

“I also followed chronology wherever the path of the line allowed it. Each branch line represents a sub-genre: rock sprouts off into grunge and psychedelia when it reaches South-West London; hip-hop diverges, north of Camden, into old school and New York rap. If I was really lucky, the band name echoed the original station name: Highbury & Islington became Sly & the Family Stone.”

I’m personally quite chuffed that our nearest stops are Tricky and Prodigy, but Bjork being placed at Baker Street is also pretty clever. Ross’ favourite station? Fourtet (Canada Water) intersecting with Avant-Garde and British Folk. I also love that reggae (central) line running through the heart of London. If you also fancy buying the poster to hang on your walls you can here.


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