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Rock's Backpages

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Rock's Backpages
ProducerRock's Backpages (United Kingdom)
Record depthFull-text
Format coverageArticles
No. of records37,000

Rock's Backpages is an online archive of music journalism, sourced from 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.[1] As of November 2018, its database contains over 37,000 articles, including interviews, features and reviews, which covered popular music from blues and soul up to the present date.[2] Rock's Backpages also features over 600 audio interviews with musicians from Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash to Kate Bush and Kurt Cobain.

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.

While some articles are free to read, access to most requires a subscription.


  1. ^ Willman, Chris (2021-12-12). "Rock's Backpages Celebrates 20 Years of Archiving a Museum of Essential Music Journalism". Variety. Retrieved 2024-03-11.
  2. ^ "Group subscriptions". Rock's Backpages.

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