Rock's Backpages

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Rock's Backpages
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Producer Rock's Backpages (United Kingdom)
History 2000 to present
Cost Subscription
Disciplines Music
Record depth Full-text
Format coverage Articles
No. of records 36,000

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. As of June 2018 its database contains over 36,000 articles, including interviews, features and reviews, which covered popular music from blues and soul up to the present date.[1]

The articles are sourced from magazines including Creem, Rolling Stone, New Musical Express, Melody Maker, Crawdaddy! and Mojo. The database contains contributions from over 700 journalists, primarily from the US and UK, including journalists such as Dave Marsh, Nick Kent, Charles Shaar Murray, Nick Tosches, Mick Farren, Vivien Goldman, Al Aronowitz and Ian MacDonald.

The library requires subscription and is popular with both consumers and institutional subscribers including academic institutions and media organisations.


  1. ^ "Group subscriptions". Rock's Backpages.

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