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Oxford Music Online – (3 simultaneous users). Over 60,000 articles written by music scholars. Includes Grove Music Online, Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford Companion to Music, and Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
Twist: The Evolution of Rock & Roll Dance – Film, 78 min. Combining rare and often hilarious archival footage with interviews, Twist chronicles the evolution of rock and roll dance. From the time when moving hips marked you as a social degenerate, to a time when shaking your “thing” became the dance-form that rocked the world. (Note: at the 14:04 minute mark of this film the “N’ word is used as part of the historical context.)
Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll, 3rd ed.
On reserve at Rentschler Library, Hamilton campus. Pages from this encyclopedia set can be photocopied (10 cents per page) or scanned to PDF for free and sent to your email account. Ask for assistance at the service desk in any of the libraries.
Music Periodicals Database – hundreds of music journals covering a broad scope of research from performance, theory and composition to music education, jazz and ethnomusicology.
Academic Search Complete – A general database of articles from magazines and scholarly journals.
JSTOR – Scholarly journals in many different disciplines. Has about 75 music journals full text.
Alan Freed – Website of the Cleveland disc jockey who coined the phrase “rock and roll”
AllMusic Guide – In-depth information about bands, songs, and albums. Includes ratings, reviews and discographies.
History of Rock and Roll, the Golden Decade 1954-1963 – A huge website of rock history and photos written by a fan. Includes information on everything from “surf rock” to soul music.
Rock Music Timeline Overviews of major themes in rock each decade, lists of top singles and albums for the years and decades, and many photos.
America Rocks and Rolls – A short, one-page overview of rock and roll’s place in U.S. history.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Use this for excellent biographies of inductees to the Hall, and find representative clips of each artist.
MTV (Music Television) – Use this mostly for video clips of famous artists.
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