About the Company

Rock’s Backpages, which launched in September 2001, is the world’s most comprehensive online database of pop music writing, a unique resource unavailable elsewhere online. It contains an ever-expanding collection of primary-source full-text articles from the music and mainstream press from the 1950s to the present day, along with a collection of exclusive audio interviews.


Rock’s Backpages is an archive of content about music and popular culture, a library of primary source, full text articles and audio interviews. It includes:

·        A vast digital collection of over 50,000 articles (reviews, interviews, features and more) from a wide range of publications in the US and UK from Creem and Trouser Press to Rolling Stone and the New Musical Express.  Covering the early 1960s to the present day and featuring over seven thousand artists ranging from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 10,000-word interviews and features. At least 60 text articles and one exclusive audio interview are added to the archive each week.

·        Coverage of all types of popular music from the 1950s to the present: from rockabilly to hip hop, Country to EDM and from Elvis Presley to Amy Winehouse.

·        Regular content updates with the addition of at least 60 new articles per week, plus a new audio interview.

·        Biweekly entertaining and informative Podcast highlighting what’s new in the archive and often featuring a special guest from the world of music journalism.


Subscribers receive weekly updates detailing new additions and other updates to the library.

For more information about the resource please visit here

Over the last decade, Rock’s Backpages has become an invaluable research tool for students, journalists, filmmakers and fans alike.  Public libraries, universities and colleges all over the world—from Harvard and Princeton to McGill and the University of Auckland—subscribe to the Archive.

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