Rock's Backpages is an online archive of music journalism, sourced from freelance contributions to the music and mainstream press from the 1950s to the present day. The articles are full text and searchable, and all are reproduced with the permission of the copyright holders. The database was founded in 2000 by British music journalist Barney Hoskyns. In January 2014 its database contained almost 25,000 articles including interviews, features and reviews, which covered a popular music from blues and soul up to the present date.
The articles are sourced from magazines such as Creem, Rolling Stone, New Musical Express, Melody Maker, Crawdaddy! and Mojo. The database contains contributions from over 300 journalists, primarily from the US and UK, including journalists such as Dave Marsh, Nick Kent, Charles Shaar Murray, Nick Tosches, Mick Farren, Carol Cooper, Al Aronowitz and Ian MacDonald.
The library requires subscription and is popular with both consumers and institutional subscribers including academic institutions and media organisations.
- "Group subscriptions". Rock's Backpages.
- Rock's Backpages
- Rock's Backpages Writers' Blogs
- Rock's Backpages at No. 14 in The Observer 'Top 25 Music Websites' (19 March 2006)
- review of Rock's Backpages in the Library Journal (15 April 2006)
- review of Rock's Backpages in Paste Magazine (29 September 2006)
- review of Rock's Backpages in the Daily Telegraph (17 June 2006)
- review of Rock's Backpages in Entertainment Weekly (16 November 2001)
- review of Rock's Backpages in The Guardian (1 November 2001)
- Library Journal Best Databases review (December 2011)