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MUS 1013: Rock I: Historical Origins and Development of Rock Music to 1970

Fall Semester, 2014
U of MN, Twin Cities
A Guide to Key Library Resources

The collections and services of the University Libraries contain many key resources to help you with your research in this area. The following listing includes key databases, Web Sites and other reference materials. For more information or assistance contact the reference departments in Wilson Library or in the Music Library in Ferguson Hall.

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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
    The complete Encyclopedia Britannica and more: "Our guide to the Web's best sites includes more than 125,000 sites, and you can also search the text of more than 100 million Web pages to find more information."
  • The complete encyclopedia of popular music and jazz, 1900-1950
    This 4-volume encyclopedia includes definitions, discographies and other materials. Contents: v. 1. Music year by year, 1900-1950; v. 2. Biographies, A through K.; v. 3. Biographies, L through Z.; v. 4. Indexes & appendices.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Reference ML102.P66 K55 1974 Non-Circulating
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  • Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
    This 7-volume set covers popular music globally. Vol.1. covers Media, industry and society; v. 2. Performance and production; v. 3. Caribbean and Latin America; v. 4. North America; v. 5. Asia and Oceania; v. 6. Africa and the Middle East; and v. 7. Europe.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Reference ML102.P66 C66 2003 Non-Circulating
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  • Dictionary of Afro-American Performers 78 rpm and Cylinder Recordings of Opera Choral Music, and Song c1900-1949
    New York: Garland Pub., 1990. Turner, Patricia.
    • Location(s): TC Andersen Library Rare Books (Givens) ML156.2 .T87 1990 Non-Circulating
    TC Music Library ML156.2 .T87 1990 Non-Circulating
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  • Dictionary of American Pop/Rock: Rock, Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Folk, Country, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Films, Musical Theater, Recording & Music Business Authentication Required
    • Location(s): TMUSI REF ML102 .P66 S5 1982 Non-circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music Authentication Required
    Featuring a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music, the Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system.
  • Encyclopedia of Rock
    This 1988 1-volume work is a "revision and updating of Phil Hardy and Dave Laing's The encyclopedia of rock, which was originally published in 3 vols. by Panther Books in 1976. The revision is by Stephen Barnard and the new entries are written by Don Perretta."
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Reference ML102.P66 E55 1988 Non-Circulating
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  • Grove Music Online
    Edited by Laura Macy. Updated monthly, 2004-. Includes the full text with ongoing updates of the 20+ volume The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., all four volumes of The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and 3 volume set, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed. Full text searching is available.
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  • Oxford Music Online Authentication Required
    A gateway that offers users the ability to access and cross-search the resources of Oxford's music reference in one location. The cornerstone of Oxford Music Online, Grove Music Online, has been redesigned with a number of functional enhancements and new content. Also features Colin Larkin's landmark Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
Databases & Indexes
Depending on your topic, the Libraries have a wide variety of important sources of information. The following is a very selective list. For information on more sources, ask at a reference desk.
  • FolkLib Index
    This site indexes information on the World Wide Web that relates to the fields of Folk Music, Bluegrass and Old-Time Music, Acoustic Blues, Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar, and Harp Players. There's not much for interior design of this site but it contains very useful information.
  • IIMP: International Index to Music Periodicals Authentication Required
    An index to articles in over 350 international music journals, plus the New York Times and the Washington Post. Covers all types of music, from historical to the 21st century. Strong on popular genres and contemporary art-music. Coverage also includes CD & concert reviews, letters, and editorials.
  • International Index to Performing Arts Full Text
    This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 260 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 100 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes half a million records, the majority from the most recent ten years of each journal. IIPA covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.
  • JSTOR Authentication Required
    Find full text articles in academic journals or books on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides articles from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases the latest several years may not be available.
  • Music Index Online Authentication Required
    Bibliographic citations from more than 690 international music periodicals covering a broad range of subjects, including music history, forms and types of music, musical instruments from ancient to modern, and electro-acoustic and computer-produced music. Book reviews, reviews of music recordings, tapes, and performances, first performances, and obituaries are also indexed.
    • Location(s): Also available in print at the Music library in MUSIC Reference
  • Project Muse Authentication Required
    Index to full-text collection of journals in literary theory, classics, history and cultural studies, philosophy, film, theater and performing arts, political science, and mathematics. From Johns Hopkins University Press. The full text of a limited number of individual monographs is also available for titles that the Libraries have purchased. Users can limit their search results to include only the full text content that the University of Minnesota has access to.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Authentication Required

    RILM indexes scholarly writings on music and related disciplines, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, instruments and voice, dance, music therapy, music librarianship, the physics of music, and other fields as they relate to music.
  • Academic Search Premier Authentication Required
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science) Authentication Required
    AHCI covers arts, humanities, and area studies scholarship. Titles of foreign-language works are translated into English, and abstracts are given in English, thereby simplifying and standardizing searching across languages.
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective Authentication Required
    Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches nearly 1200 of the most important journals in these subject areas. Updated, uniform subject headings facilitate your search, with the original subject headings also provided. Subjects Covered Include: Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Community Health & Medical Care, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Minority Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Planning & Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Welfare, Religion and Theology, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies.
  • LexisNexis Academic Authentication Required
    LexisNexis Academic is a collection of online databases: News, Business (plus corporate news and corporate financials), Legal, Medical, and Reference. International news sources are included. News database that provides full-text for a few music and entertainment periodical titles such as Music Business International, Music Week, and Variety. Also a good source for reviews. Need some Lexis-Nexis searching help? Try our guided exercise on Searching LexisNexis Academic.
  • MasterFile Premier Authentication Required
    This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
    MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.
  • New York Times (Proquest Historical Newspapers) Authentication Required
    The New York Times (1851-2001) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue. A good source for contemporary reviews, analysis and news reporting on the era.
  • ProQuest Black Historical Newspapers Authentication Required
    African American newspapers that are included in the Proquest Historical Newspaper collection: Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003) Chicago Defender (1905 - 1975) Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005) New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993) Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm Authentication Required
    A collection of fully digitized newspapers that are produced from microfilm and can be browsed remotely. Content becomes available several months after the print issue. Proquest Digital Microfilm is for browsing only and cannot be searched by keyword. The library subscribes to the following titles:
    • New York Times 2008-2015
    • St. Paul Pioneer Press 2009-2015
    • Star Tribune (Minneapolis) 2009-2015
    • USA Today 2009-2015
    • Wall Street Journal 2008-2015
    • Washington Post 2008-2015
  • Proquest Historical Newspapers Authentication Required
    Search all the Proquest Historical Newspapers currently available at the University of Minnesota Libraries, or click on "Publications" to customize your search.
    • Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)‎
    • Chicago Defender (1910-1975)
    • Chicago Tribune (1849-1991)‎
    • Christian Science Monitor (1908-2001)‎
    • Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
    • Los Angeles Times (1881-1991)
    • New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)
    • New York Times (1851-2011)
    • Pittsburgh Courier: (1911-2002)
    • Wall Street Journal (1889-1997)‎
    • Washington Post (1877-1998)‎
  • ProQuest Newsstand Authentication Required
    ProQuest Newspapers provides indexing and full text access to 1,270 newspapers and wire feeds. Full-text titles include major U.S. daily newspapers such as the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music
This web site is sponsored by the Music Divison of the Library of Congress. It consists of over 47,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1870-1885.

Reference Works
The University Libraries has a strong collection of dictionaries, directories, encyclopedia and other materials. Here is a selective listing to get you started.
  • Music Industry Data Authentication Required
    A single search of international charting albums and singles under exclusive academic license from Billboard, the Official Charts Company. Sophisticated tools allow you to interpret, graph, analyze, compare and contrast musical trends and interactions at the touch of a button. Listen to audio samples for each track and album quickly and easily.
  • African American Music Reference Authentication Required
    African American Music Reference aims to offer comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression by bringing together materials from reference works, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies to chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music. The first release of African American Music Reference includes over 3,900 pages of reference, including a comprehensive set of biographies on the top 185 African American composers, edited by Samuel Floyd, Jr., as well as 5,000 pages of liner notes from Document Records. Other materials in this release include African American iconography, collections of spirituals and slave lyrics, and reference on important ensembles and musicians such as the Fisk Jubilee Singers,Jelly Roll Morton, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, and more. As the database grows, this material will be supplemented with other reference titles covering the histories of jazz, blues, bebop, hip hop, ragtime, gospel, and rhythm and blues, as well as a detailed chronology of African American events in music, links to Web resources, searchable sheet music, and new reference titles such as Mingus: A Critical Biography (Brian Priestley), Billie Holiday: Wishing on the Moon (Donald Clarke), Jazzwomen: Conversations with 21 Musicians (Indiana University Press), Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker (Gary Giddens), The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music (Theresa L. Reed), Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life (Wynton Marsalis), and more.
  • Billboard top 1000 singles, 1955-1992
    This discography covers the top 1000 singles produced from 1955-1992 and can be useful in identifying artists, titles, producers, etc.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Reference ML156.4.P6 W445x 1993 Non-Circulating
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  • Cambridge Books Online Authentication Required
    Offers access to e-books covering subjects from all disciplines across science, technology, and medicine, as well as humanities and social sciences.
  • Faber companion to 20th-century popular music, 3rd ed.
    "The Faber Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music has established itself as the classic reference work in this area. From Abba to ZZ Top, through Noel Coward, The Skatalites and The Stone Roses, this book covers the major players in the vast history of popular music in the twentieth century." The 2001 guide includes over 2,500 entries covering "bebop to western swing by way of psychedelic rock."
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Reference ML102.P66 H37x 2001 Non-Circulating
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  • A guide to popular music reference books : an annotated bibliography
    This guide is intended to help you identify reference works in the field of music that may be useful to you in your research and study. Each entry includes a brief annotation about the content, scope and use of each work.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Reference ML128.P63 H34 1995 Non-Circulating
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  • The literature of rock, 1954-1978
    This bibliographic guide includes a discography and will help you identify the key people, hits and trends of this era.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Reference ML128.R6 H6 Non-Circulating
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  • Oxford Scholarship Online - Music Collection Authentication Required
    Collection of monographs covering a broad range of music scholarship, including musicology and music history, ethnomusicology, and music theory. Includes classic works, fundamental texts, and recently published titles.
  • The rockin' 50s : the people who made the music
    This guide to rock artists from the 1950s to 1961, includes bibliographical references, discographies and an index.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library ML156.4.R6 H45 1998 Non-Circulating
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  • The Rockin' 60s : the People who Made the Music
    The Rockin' 60s is the first complete guide to the great rock and R&B instrumental and vocal groups and solo artists of the day with complete personnel of each group, with birthplace and date, instrument played, and any other significant role (vocals, songwriting, producing) in the group. Includes a complete narrative history of the group with analysis of key recordings.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library ML156.4.R6 H46 1999 Non-Circulating
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  • Rock's Backpages Authentication Required
    Rock reviews, articles and interviews from the late 1950s to the present day.
Online Audio Resources
  • American Music (formerly American Song & African American Song)
    American Music (an amalgamation of the former American Song and African American Song databases) is a Web-based resource that documents the history of American music via streamed audio files. The database contains a diverse range of genres, including country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, ragtime, American Indian, blues, R&B, shape-note singing, gospel, and other sacred music. There are songs by or about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, cowboys, the Civil Rights movement, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more. There are over 500,000 audio tracks from over 38,000 albums from the first half of the 20th century. They include iconic artists such as The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Memphis Minnie, Blind Willie McTell, and Huddie Ledbetter, among many others.
  • World Music Authentication Required
    A Web-based resource that contains over 1.5 million audio tracks from about 130,000 albums, with music from over 1,000 cultural groups in almost 170 countries. In addition to an extensive array of traditional folk music, including Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, and gagaku, among others, World Music also features nuumerous popular-music genres, including reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, hip-hop, rap, electronic, spoken word, and opera.
  • Database of Recorded American Music Authentication Required
    The Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) is a collaboration between New World Records, Composers Recordings Inc., and New York University. DRAM facilitates research in American music by offering on-demand access to audio-streaming files of complete works by American composers. More than 4,000 albums from over 40 independent record labels and archives, documenting over 7,500 compositions from the catalogs of the New World, CRI, Albany, innova, Cedille, XI, Pogus, Deep Listening, Mutable, and other record labels. Ranging from folk to opera, native American to jazz, 19th-century "classical" to early rock, and musical theater to contemporary, electronic, and more, DRAM's goal is to make available for educational use and scholarly research the widest possible spectrum of recorded American music. Alongside the high-quality music streams, complete liner notes, scholarly essays, bibliographies, and discographies are available for viewing on the Database. Playlists can be created by faculty to address specific curriculum needs.
  • Jazz (formerly Jazz Music Library) Authentication Required
    A Web-based resource that streams over half a million audio tracks from about 45,000 albums covering vocal jazz, bebop, acid jazz, big-band music, modern jazz, and more, from major labels such as Verve, Impulse, Jazzology, Black Swan, Circle Records, Paramount, Concord, Fantasy, Milestone, Monterey Jazz Festival Records, Original Jazz Classics, Pablo, Peak, Prestige, Riverside, Stretch Records, and Original Jazz Classics. The list of artists ranges from Buddy Guy, Charlie Parker, Chuck Mangione, Dinah Washington, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Grover Washington, Jr., Les Paul, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Peggy Lee, to Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Billie Holliday, Thelonius Monk, Tony Bennett, and many others.
  • Music & Performing Arts (formerly Music Online Listening) Authentication Required
    Music & Performing Arts (formerly Music Listening Online) is a Web-based resource that combines audio and video covering the entire history of music, and featuring thousands of major artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. It includes almost 6 million tracks from close to half a million albums, plus over 3,000 videos, and about 31,000 books.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz Authentication Required
    Naxos Music Library Jazz is one of the most comprehensive collection of Jazz music available online. It offers close to 22,600* tracks of jazz from over 2,300* albums. Over 500* jazz artists are represented. You will need to download the FreeHand Solero viewer at Note: Firefox 2.x not currently supported.
Journals & Magazines
  • Down Beat
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Periodicals
  • Modern Drummer
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Periodicals & TC electronic resource
Song Indexes
  • Popular music, 1920-1979 : a revised cumulation
    "An annotated index of over 18,000 American popular songs, cumulating and updating eight volumes of Popular music ..."
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Reference ML120.U5 S5 1985 Non-Circulating
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  • Popular song index
    This standard index to songs, along with its 4 supplements, provide a good source for identifying and locating popular music.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Reference ML128.S3 H4 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Reference ML128.S3 H4 Non-Circulating
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Web Sites
This is a very short list of Web sites that will provide information - or lead you to sites - that covers rock music during this era. For comprehensive information, ask at one of our reference desks for assistance.
  • American Music Center
    With the goal of "creating a national community for new American music," this web site provides links to web sites based on music genre as well as links to music organizations.
  • Rock, Pop, Alternative, etc., and Music Charts
    This set of links from the William and Gayle Cook Music Library at Indiana University School of Music is a part of their "Worldwide Internet Music Resources" web site and provides links to key web sites for the study of rock and popular music in America.
  • Voice of the Shuttle: Music
    This excellent set of links covers all aspects of music, performance, history, theory, etc., from its earliest beginnings to the present. From of the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Key Library Collections & Guides
  • Music
    This subject covers: all aspects of the performance and study of music. Other related topics are Dance, Education, Psychology, and Theatre Arts.
  • Music Library
    Located in Ferguson Hall the library contains an excellent collection of books, periodicals, scores, sheet music; limited circulation of recordings on compactdisc, lp record, cassette tape, and videocassette; listening stations available.

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