Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Album Covers of New York

A few years ago I did a post on maps on album covers - and a follow-up based on reader suggestions. Here is a map of the locations shown on album covers from Uebermaps, a collaborative platform that lets you create and share maps with others.
The above parts of Manhattan and Queens cover all kinds of stuff from West Side Story to Nas. A close-up of the Lower East Side takes in Bob Dylan, Foghat, the Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin.
Another user created a map just for places mentioned in Bob Dylan songs. There is a clear spatial pattern of his wanderings.
Uebermaps showcases various other public maps, many in Europe such as this one showing record stores in Hamburg.
You can create your own account, take pictures and make your own maps. You can also embed them into your own site like this.

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