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How Big Cities Shape Musical Revolutions

The development of music scenes is directly related to the conditions in the cities that incubate them. On first glance, one may not get what the deal is with garages in Seattle and grunge music, or why grime couldn’t have grown out of anywhere but the UK. Similarly, the abandoned warehouses of post-Wall Berlin nurtured a brutal and assertive strain of techno that directly corresponded to the socioeconomic climate of the times. In a new article, The Guardian tracks these connections with insight from the likes of grime devotee Simon Wheatley (on pirate radio) and EB editor Sven von Thülen (on the first warehouses-turned-clubs in East Berlin). Read the full story here and take a trip to the world’s most vivid music scenes with our latest city guides.