Like all the hub pages, we expect the Music page to evolve over time, but for now it will serve the following purposes: 1.) An ever-expanding map of music genres across time and geographies; 2.) Deep-dive influence maps for specific artists, albums and songs; and 3.) commentary and interviews from creators, critics, scholars, and fans. See something missing? Tell us at!

Genre Mapping

Reboot Reboot

One fateful night at a whiteboard, and here we are. This post gives the tick-tock of how it came together.

Follow up stories:
A Bigger Whiteboard
The Great Depression Gap

Band Mapping

What influenced The Beatles?

Arguably the most influential band of all time. Where else would we start?

Related post: Beatles map follow-ups

What influenced Bruce Springsteen?

Arguably the greatest American rock band of all-time. Bruce spilled the beans at SXSW a few years ago, and the transcript served as an autobiographical influence map for the ages.


Here are some things we’re working on or would like you to be working on. If you want to contribute anything in any capacity, email us at!

  • Influence maps for our favorite musicians
  • Interviews with creators, scholars and critics
  • Genre analysis over time
  • An ongoing hunt for hidden influences that extend across time and mediums. Secrets.