Genealogy of Rock & Roll

Angela Gasparetti

Nerd alert: I've always been interested in the history of popular music, and I created this infographic poster simply because I wanted to learn more about the roots and influences of the music I love. It was quite a bit of research, but even more fun. The flow chart follows a number of music genres all the way back to their earliest ancestors — bluegrass, blues, and gospel — with simple arrows indicating the direction of influence. Beneath it is a timeline highlighting the periods during which each genre was popular, from the 1800s to present day, and a pictogram showing the most commonly used instruments.

As a bonus, if you like the instrument icons I designed for the poster, I've uploaded them to The Noun Project where you can either purchase them or download them for free with credit!