Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rock's Backpages - full-text music magazines now available

We now subscribe to Rock's Backpages - 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 including Rolling Stone, NME, Melody Maker and 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 The library includes previously unpublished pieces about The Beatles (by Michael Lydon in 1966), The Doors (by Lester Bangs in 1975), and seminal interviews with major artists from Bob Dylan to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.

We have sacrificed Music Index to fund the subscription to Rock's Backpages. Academic music journals are better covered by RILM, and while Music Index indexed lots of popular music magazines we decided it was better to pay for full-text access to them in Rock's Backpages.

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