Music: The Definitive Visual History
A comprehensive and accessible visual history of music - from prehistory to the present day.
Charts and explains the entire global history of music - from bone flutes to hip-hop and from Scandinavia to Argentina Compelling narrative spreads tell the story of musical developments episode by episode, linking theory, technology, and human genius Specially-commissioned photography includes Stevie Wonder's harmonica, a Stradivarius guitar, the earliest cello known to survive, and a guitar used by Bob Dylan. Why did jazz go Latin? And how did blues influence rock? Find out how music has shaped the world from prehistory to the present day. Classical or rock, everyone has their favourite music style, but how did your top choice come about? Music is a compelling and richly illustrated history of the most unifying art form in the world. Explore the roots of all genres from chants of the middle ages through the grandeur of the classical period to the modern rhythm of blues, jazz, hip-hop, and pop. Music includes illustrated histories of instruments and listening suggestions for each musical genre. Spectacular galleries display families of instruments from around the world, while special features showcase the evolution of key instruments, such as the piano and the guitar, and profile iconic innovators such as Mozart, Billie Holiday, and David Bowie. Charting every musical revolution, from bone flutes to electronica and from jazz to hip-hop, this visually stunning history of music will hit the right note, whether you are into pop or rock, or disco or rap, classical or opera.