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Music: A Fold-Out Graphic History

Music: A Fold-Out Graphic History

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Follow this unique 2.5 metre fold-out timeline through the history of music from prehistoric flutes, through Mozart and Louis Armstrong to BTS and Beyonce.

Learn about how different genres started – including classical, folk, jazz, gospel, rock 'n' roll, country, punk, grunge, and pop. Discover the stories of maestros including Beethoven, Wei Liangfu, Django Reinhardt, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Maria Callas, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, and Beyonce. Marvel at the orchestra with a huge illustration set in the Royal Albert Hall, and find out about ancient instruments from all over the world. Experience amazing musical moments from the first-ever saxophone and early sound recording to the invention of the record and artificial intelligence. All this and more features in this richly illustrated timeline of music from 60,000 years ago to the present day.

  • Published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of London's Royal Albert Hall in 2021

  • Can be read as a book or folded out into a 2-sided, 2.5 metre timeline, allowing readers to both dive into individual fascinating stories or zoom out for the big picture

Author: Nicholas O'Neil and Susan Hayes

Illustrated: Ruby Taylor

ISBN: 9781999967932

Exclusive to the Royal Albert Hall. 



  • Hardback: 22 pages


  • 29.4 x 24.9 cm


  •  595g

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