Rock's Backpages is an online database of music writing, with material dating from the early 1950s to the present day. The library of articles includes reviews, interviews and features, which are fully searchable and presented in full-text. The database also includes Mp3 audio files of original artist interviews, which are available for the first time. There are
currently over fourteen thousand articles on the site, featuring over two thousand artists with up to fifty new articles added each week.
Content Description:There are currently over fourteen thousand articles on the site. These feature over two thousand five hundred 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.) including a sophisticated advanced search option.
Written by over four hundred of the biggest names in rock journalism, 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 archive covers all types of popular music from the 1950s to the present: from Abba to Zappa, the Stones to the Stone Roses and from Elvis to Eminem. There are, for example, 130 articles on the Beach Boys and 185 on the Rolling Stones.
The library includes previously unpublished pieces about The Beatles (by Michael Lydon in 1966), The Doors (by Lester Bangs in 1975), and seminal interviews with major artists from Bob Dylan to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.
Writers Blogs: Here's where you get the innermost thoughts and views of the best writers on Planet Rock
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 Rocks Backpages for online distribution.
Details of the database
Main subject areas:
User types and Academic Level
Undergraduates and graduates studying in the media and related fields in addition to those
studying on vocational media courses, and for those studying popular music.
Rocks Backpages has been designed for the use of researchers, students, lecturers, those working
in the press, media and music businesses, and of course the individual music enthusiast.
Subscriber types include: