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Music and Activism: Books

Library resources for the study of music in political and protest movements.

Books of Interest

Finding Books

Scout simultaneously searches the library catalog, databases of scholarly work (i.e. JSTOR and RILM), electronic collections (i.e. HathiTrust), streaming media (i.e. Naxos and Alexander Street Press), and much more. Because Scout casts a wide net, many students like to use it as a starting point for their research. While Scout may be useful as you begin gathering resources, please note that you will probably need to search the appropriate subject databases to adequately covered your topic.

The Libraries' Catalog is a "traditional" library catalog of local holdings. The catalog may be used to find print books, sound recording, films, and scores, as well as some e-books and streaming media assets. When using the catalog, we recommend starting your search from the "Advanced Search" tab. 

Keywords and Call Number Ranges

Try searching for the following terms in Scout:

Music, Influence of
Music--Social Aspects
Music--Political Aspects

Popular Music--Political Aspects
Radicalism-Songs and Music-History and Criticism
Rap (Music)
Reggae Music

Rock Music-political aspects
Rock Music-social aspects

Also try browsing these call numbers ranges in the Music Library:

ML3551-ML3556
ML3780
ML3916-ML3918

InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

If an item is not available at the University of Alabama libraries, you may request it through ILLiad, our InterLibrary Loan system. Visit the libraries' ILLiad page and login with your myBama username and password to make a request.

Useful Reference Books