Rock Family Trees


Pete Farmer’s Rock Family Trees

The Who? Related to who? From Pink Floyd to Punk  – and hard to find now in their original editions, Peter Farmer’s books of Rock Family Trees have made it onto television and into legend.

Related to Siouxsie and the Banshees?

Low budgets, shared flats, complicated relationships and small clubs makes for tightly connected family trees, in the 1970s.

This helped Pete Farmer look into the history of Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as various other bands spawned from the punk movement such as Public Image Ltd, Adam and the Ants and The Slits.

Liverpool’s New Wave

With Echo and the Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes and OMD on the Liverpool New Wave family tree (join the dots from Ian McCulloch to Julian Cope) you can spend a happy half-hour tracing connections.

From Zigzag to Art Print

Pete Frame’s Rock Family Trees have been here since the late 1970s, when Frame – previously founder of Zigzag magazine – started making them to help his work as a music journalist.

An Obsession With Detail

‘They started as a result of my obsession with detail,’ he says. ‘Before I interviewed a musician I would write copious notes on a big piece of paper, with arrows and asterisks all over it, and over a couple of years, these developed into rudimentary family trees.”

He claims‘I’d have almost finished a tree, only to get a phone call saying that some twat had left and a new guy (inevitably with a long pedigree) had replaced him. You can’t just tack a bit on to the bottom: you have to start again.’

Rock Family Trees: Browse By Tree

There are  140 Rock Family Trees available as prints. Purchase details here. Prints can be signed by Pete Frame if required
and any messages added along the bottom. Cost £125 per print (either size) including post and packing in stout cardboard tube (UK). International postage extra.





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