Monday, January 28, 2013

Resource of the week: Rock's backpages

What is it?
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The library includes previously unpublished pieces about The Beatles (by Michael Lydon in 1966), The Doors (by Lester Bangs in 1975), and seminal interviews with major artists from Bob Dylan to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.

Why Use it? 
  • For those studying music it provides access to thousands of features on artists.
  • To those with an interest in music journalism it provides some of the finest articles written in the field.
  • To those studying media in provides  material to support study on genre, politics and subcultures for assignments at all levels
  • For those who are simply fans, it can be majorly addictive.

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