Music – A Fold Out Graphic History

Follow this unique 2.5m long fold-out graphic timeline through a celebration of the history of music all around the world from 60,000 years ago to the present day!

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All copies will be personally signed by author and composer Nicholas O’Neill


“This exuberant overview of an art form that makes us laugh and cry, call and respond, twist and shout does a pretty good job of covering the world’s greatest hits from prehistory to artificial intelligence.” Jennifer Krauss, The New York Times

“A panoramic survey of noteworthy music and music makers, from bone flutes to Beyoncé” Kirkus Reviews


Browse a few sneak-peak pages from Music!


Learn about how different genres started – including classical, folk, jazz, gospel, rock ‘n’ roll, country, punk, grunge and pop. Explore the histories of music linked to particular cultures or regions –including Indigineous American, Asian, and African music; Son Cubano and Caribbean styles; and Australian bush music.



Discover the stories of music maestros from around the world – including Beethoven, Wei Liangfu, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Maria Callas, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, and Beyoncé.


Published in conjunction with the Royal Albert Hall, marvel at the orchestra with a huge illustration set inside the hall, and find out about the ancient instruments discovered all over the globe.


All this and more features in this richly illustrated timeline of music from 60,000 years ago to the present day that will delight children and families alike!


Authors: Nicholas O’Neill & Susan Hayes


Illustrator: Ruby Taylor


  • Hardcover: 22 pages
  • Publisher: What on Earth Publishing (5 Nov. 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1999967933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1999967932
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 1.3 x 30 cm


My Shelves are Full

"The cover alone is superb and begs opening! When you do open this wonderful book you are presented with an accordion of pages all about music, orchestras, composers, singers and so much more! The illustrations are stunning and bring to life a history of music for young readers."

Dandelion blog

"There is so much information packed into this concertina story of music. From the earliest flute in a cave in Germany in 41,000 BCE children and adults alike will have fun finding how the songs we make and the instruments we use to make them have changed over the centuries."

Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian

"Music: A Fold-Out Graphic History is a glorious concertina of music history from the earliest gourd instruments right up to AI composers – wide-ranging, colourful and absorbing."

Michael Barron, XS Noize

"Music: A Fold-Out Graphic History is more than just an essential read and reference book; as one sees the list of the artists who have performed at the Royal Albert Hall; one is reminded just how vital music and the venues that provide a platform for live artists are."

Michael Barron, XS Noize

"Whilst Music: A Fold-Out Graphic History towers over even the tallest of people; it is the probably one of the most accessible and easy to follow guides about music for all, from children in their early years to adults, by explaining things in small, informative, bitesize chunks."

Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub

"A truly amazing collaboration and a book to add to primary and secondary collections, as well as family bookshelves."

Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub

"Pretty much everything one can imagine relating to music as well as more that you can’t is included in the densely packed pages. Truly international in perspective, the presentation begins with a world map."

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