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British Rock Music - a hand painted map

British Rock Music - a hand painted map

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Sgt. Pepper turns 50! A Pop Art Homage

2017 was the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and what inspired me to make this painting.

My hand painted map of British Rock Music celebrates its kaleidoscopic originality, with a respectful nod to genius British artist Peter Blake. It was Blake who designed the cover to that groundbreaking album. It's a visual soundtrack of my life in a Pop Art homage.

  • An original painting in watercolour, size 730mm x 520mm on 600gsm cotton rag paper
  • A2 size signed poster prints
  • Digital file for you to make a single print at a format and size of your choice
  • I also have greetings cards and jigsaw puzzles of this painting

About my British Rock Music map

The history of British Rock Music is as fascinating and entirely as worthy of study as any other cultural medium. It charts the shifts in society from the 1950s onwards. In my painting, I've illustrated significant factors in its history, such as the import of blues albums from the US and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. And I've shown some of the means of listening to music - the radio, Dansette record players, and cassette tapes.

Rock music is one of Britain's most dynamic industries. It's a sonic economic success story of global proportions. So as well as my favourite bands and artists as well as other influential acts, you'll find references to various other parts of the British music industry, From record labels to Marshall amplifiers and all manner of stuff to interest guitar-freaks. You'll find references to lyrics, album covers, history, some universal icons, publications, and people. Some you'll know - The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple. And some perhaps you won't - Julian Cope, Nick Drake, Ozric Tentacles, The Cult. Of course, I couldn't include everyone and everything, so I've tried to show things that cover the spirit of most genres and styles of rock, inevitably with an emphasis on my favourites.

Pop Art

In the spirit of Pop Art, I've used a mixture of painting in watercolours and inks, homemade transfers and even the odd bit of stuck on paper to make an eclectic collage.

"Plenty to see, here - even for the hardcore. You will see tiny, obscure references that you think only you've noticed. And you'll be right." @RockWalkLondon on Twitter

Read more about what's in this painting, including a 'track list'

Shipping and delivery

This website takes orders from UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

If you are not in these countries and you would like to make a purchase, please get in touch with me directly.

Posting your order

Typically, orders for physical products placed after 12pm on Friday, and on Saturday or Sunday will not be posted until Monday at the earliest. I use Royal Mail to dispatch your order.

If you have ordered multiple items, I will try to post everything together. Occasionally, this is not possible, in which case they will be dispatched in separate packages.

Digital files will typically be transferred to customers within 24 hours via email using WeTransfer, the file transfer website.

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