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Music quick guide: Pop and rock music: Home

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About this guide

This is the pop and rock music quick guide. The main music research guide covers general topics. Related guides (listed in box at bottom right) cover other aspects of music.

Locate music books, recordings, scores, articles, & e-resources

Browse the shelves for books about pop and rock music of the U.S.: ML3470-ML3479, ML3561.P6, ML3561.R6
Rap and hip-hop: ML3531; ML3918
Biographies of performers: ML419-ML421

Find music journal articles

These sources may list articles not listed in Search our Collections:

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias (MIT access)

Many print-only dictionaries and encyclopedias are available in the library; see Ref ML102.P66.

Finding songs in collections

Songs in collections may not be listed in Search Our Collections; use print-only bibliographies and indexes to locate these songs. See Ref ML128.S3 and Ref ML120.U5.S5

Collections of songs by more than one composer can be found under call numbers M1495-M1998.

Music charts, lists of hits, lyrics

The Rolling Stone magazine archive (1967-current)

The backfile of Rolling Stone covers the magazine from its launch in 1967 to the present. One of the most influential consumer magazines of the 20th and 21st centuries, it initially sought to reflect the cultural, social and political outlook of a generation of students and young adults. It soon became a leading vehicle for rock and popular music journalism, shaping and chronicling new trends and movements.

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