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From The Beatles to Prince: 29 years of music history in GIF form

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Music History in GIFs is a Tumblr that does exactly what you'd expect, providing short, animated snippets of every year in music since 1964.

Rick Astley music GIF
Rick Astley music GIF

Music History in GIFs is a Tumblr that does exactly what you'd expect, providing short, animated snippets of every year in music since 1964. Each GIF is lovingly crafted in 8-bit style by Joshua Carrafa, guitarist in Brookyln-based bank Old Monk — beginning with The Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, it moves through events including Johnny Cash's infamous gig at Folsom State Prison, the release of Pink Floyd's Animals, the launch of MTV, and Dead Kennedys' Frankenchrist lawsuit, all by way of the obligatory Rickroll. With the latest post representing Prince's famous transformation into a symbol in 1993, we can only hope that the Tumblr eventually makes its way into the 21st century to cover the sonic delights of Carly Rae Jepsen.