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Rock's Backpages

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2022 5:24 PM

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Comprising over 31,000 articles, the RBP library aggregates the work of over 650 of the finest writers across all popular-music genres from rockabilly to hip hop, via R&B, country and electronica (EDM).

The RBP library also includes over 500 exclusive audio interviews with music legends from Jimi Hendrix to Kate Bush, via Bob DylanDavid BowieJoni MitchellMichael Jackson and Kurt Cobain.

The library features 5,000 artists, from Elvis Presley to Beyoncé.

Subscribers to Rock's Backpages include such institutions as UCLA, UCSC, UCSD, NYU, Brown, Penn State, Harvard (Perpetual Purchase) and Princeton UniversitiesDallas & San Francisco Public Libraries along with such corporations as the BBC, the Oxford English Dictionary (OUP) and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The resource has proved invaluable to students & enthusiasts not only of popular music but of journalism, social history, cultural studies, American studies, history and media studies. Here are some more details:

Rock's Backpages is an archive of content about music and popular culture, a library of primary source, full text articles and audio interviews. It includes: 

  • a vast digital collection of over 31,000 articles (reviews, interviews, features and more) from a wide range of publications in the US and UK from Creem and Trouser Press to Rolling Stone and the New Musical Express.  Covering the early 1960s to the present day and featuring over five thousand artists ranging from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 10,000-word interviews and features.
  • coverage of all types of popular music from the 1950s to the present: from rockabilly to hip hop, Elvis Presley to Amy Winehouse.
  • regular content updates with the addition of at least 50 new articles per week, plus a new audio interview.
  • links with Academic Charts Online (ACO)/Music Industry Data allowing seamless linking for ACO/MIdata users.
  • optimization for all mobile devices for reading and research on the go.



Dates Covered

1950's to present.


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