Dorothy has done it again, this time a history of rock music mapped out on the circuit board of guitar amplifier.
Our Rock and Roll Love Blueprint celebrates over 1400 musicians, artists, songwriters and producers who have been pivotal to the evolution of the sprawling genre that is rock music. From the early debt owed to blues, gospel, jazz and country performers like Ma Rainey, Lead Belly, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Woody Guthrie who paved the way for rock and roll pioneers like Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis who in turn inspired a generation including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Velvet Underground and continue to inspire musicians today like The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys and St Vincent.
The print pays homage to the music and artists that laid the foundation for rock and roll, including Memphis and Delta blues (W.C. Handy, Memphis Minnie, Lead Belly, Robert Johnson), gospel (Sister Rosetta Tharpe), country (Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family), folk (Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger), boogie-woogie (Fats Domino), Chicago blues (Muddy Waters, B. B. King), doo-wop (The Drifters, The Teenagers) and jump blues (Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris).
The print then weaves through the pioneers of early rock and roll (Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers), the 50’s stars shaping youth culture (Bill Haley & His Comets, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran), skiffle (Lonnie Donegan), and the subsequent British invasion (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield).
Moving through the american folk revival (Odetta, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez), 60’s folk rock (The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel), British folk rock (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake) and 60’s psych (Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin).
Celebrating the electric guitar gods (Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), metal heavy-weights (Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden), hard rock heroes (Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Motörhead), prog and art rock (Pink Floyd, Genesis, Kate Bush), experimental rock (Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits).
Taking in garage rock and proto-punk (The Stooges, MC5), glam rock (David Bowie, Slade), New York and CBGB punk (New York Dolls, Ramones, Patti Smith) UK punk (Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks) post-punk (Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, The Cure) hardcore and post-hardcore punk (Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Hüsker Dü) alternative rock and college rock (R.E.M. Pixies, Dinosaur Jr.), grunge (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Hole), Riot grrrl (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney), Indie (The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays), Shoe-gazers (My Bloody Valentine), Brit-pop (Blur, Oasis, Pulp), punk-pop (Green Day, Blink-182), garage rock revival (The Strokes, The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), post-rock (Sigur Rós, Mogwai) alternative metal (Deftones, Linkin Park, Korn, Slipknot) emo (My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Paramore) indie-folk (Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stephens, Sharon Van Etten, Michael Kiwanuka), and the new crop of post-punk bands (IDLES, Fontaines D.C., Savages).
The print also celebrates the places that were focal points for scenes (Cavern Club and Merseybeat, The Gaslight Cafe and Greenwich Village folk scene, CBGB and punk and Eric’s and post-punk), the designers and artists who influenced the aesthetics (Hipgnosis and Pink Floyd, Jamie Reid and Sex Pistols, Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground) and the inventors of rock’s essential musical instruments (Leo Fender, Les Paul, Jim Marshall, Dick Denney).