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Popular Music Resources

Resources for the study of popular music.

Quick Introduction

MSPAL has a variety of resources to help you with your popular music research project, including databases, articles, books, CDs, and some unique primary sources. 

Below, you will find a brief description of some of the tools that may be most helpful to you. 

Online Resources


There are many discographies and guides to research in the reference section of MSPAL. Here are a few that may be especially useful:

Special Collections in Popular Music

You can find collections of rare or unique materials at Special Collections in the Performing Arts (SCPA), located inside MSPAL. A few collections might be especially interesting to popular music researchers: