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Popular music recordings: research resources

A large number of books, reference works, periodicals, discographies and record company catalogues relating to popular music are available on open access in the Humanities - Floor 2 reading room in the main British Library building at St. Pancras. There are also release sheets on microfilm and in hard copy form.

Books and reference material

The wide range of books and reference material  includes:

  • Fordham, John. Jazz on CD, Kyle Cathie, London, 1991
  • The Guinness encyclopaedia of popular music Ed. Colin Larkin, London, 1995
  • Guinness who's who of jazz, Guinness, London, 1993
  • Jazz musicians guide, Jazz Services, London, 1993
  • Music Index on CD-ROM
  • Music Master track and label listings
  • New Grove dictionary of jazz, Macmillan, London, 1988
  • POMPI - a reference guide to published articles in over ninety jazz and popular music periodicals, indexed by artist and subject, compiled by the Sound Archive and spanning 1984 - 1989
  • The Record Collector rare record guid
  • R.E.D. Music Master catalogue on CD-ROM
  • Rust, Brian. British music hall on record, London, 1979
  • Various music and media directories.

Magazines and periodicals

  • Billboard 1962 -
  • Down Beat 1947 -
  • Jazz Journal International 1957 (vol.10) -
  • Melody Maker 1941 - 2000
  • Memory Lane 1975 (vol.7) -
  • Mojo 1993-
  • Music Master (current edition)
  • Music Week 1973 -
  • NME 1946 -
  • Q 1987 (vol.1) -
  • Record Collector 1980 -
  • Rolling Stone 1967 (vol.2) -
  • The Wire 1982 (vol.1) -

Discographies

  • Blue Note, Chess, Clef/Verve, Prestige and Savoy label discographies
  • Dixon & Godrich. Blues and Gospel recordings 1902 - 42 , Storyville, Essex, 1982
  • George, B. International discography of New Wave, Omnibus, London, 1982
  • Leadbitter & Slaven. Blues records 1943 - 1970, Record Information Services, London, 1987
  • Lord, Tom. The jazz discography 25 vols, Cadence Jazz Books, Redwood, NY, 1992
  • Ruppli, Michel. Atlantic Records, Greenwood, 1979
  • Rust, Brian. Jazz records 1897- 1942, Arlington House, New York, 1978
  • Strong, M.C. Great rock discography, 1994.

Further information

Sound & Vision Reference Service
The British Library
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London
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United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7831
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