Monday, September 26, 2011

TRIAL: Rock's Backpages

We have a trial of Rock's Backpages until 10th October 2011.

To access this trial go to For off-campus access use Apps Anywhere (IE8 or IE9 in the Web or Office folders). If we subscribe we will arrange access through EZproxy as normal.

Rock's Backpages is the biggest online database of rock music writing in the world. Sourced from the pages of the music and mainstream press, it is a massive library of articles (reviews, interviews, features and more) from the early 1960s up to the present day.

There are nearly 20,000 articles on the site and around 300 audio interviews. They feature over 2,500 artists and range from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 10,000-word interviews and features. The articles are full text and fully searchable (by artist, date, genre, keyword etc.).They are taken from the widest possible range of publications in the US and UK: from Creem and Trouser Press to Rolling Stone, and from New Musical Express and Melody Maker to MOJO.

The library includes previously unpublished pieces about The Beatles (by Michael Lydon in 1966), The Doors (by Lester Bangs in 1975), and seminal interviews with major artists from Bob Dylan to Radiohead.
The library is currently increasing in size by approximately 50 new articles a week.

All the material in the database is presented with the full agreement and permission of the copyright holders – freelance writers and journalists – or of their estates, and the vast majority of this material is exclusive to Rock’s Backpages for online distribution.

After trying Rock's Backpages please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

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