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Music and Activism: Home

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


About this Guide
This subject guide is designed to introduce you to some of the library resources available for the study of music and activism. Click on the tabs above for links to pages with tips on finding books, articles, sound recordings, videos, and other materials. 

A few online resources
Here are a few electronic databases to get you started:

American Memory is a database containing primary source materials held at the Library of Congress. This is a huge digital repository, containing approximately 7 million digital files.

Rock's Backpages is a database of rock journalism, including more than 17,000 articles and reviews, all of which are searchable by artist, genre, writer, or keyword.  Also included are more than 100 interviews with rock musicians.  

The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960-1974 is a database of primary source material documenting the history, culture, and politics of the 1960s and early 1970s. Included are diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary.