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Rock and Contemporary Music: Find Books

A Guide to Important Reference Sources and Online Resources Available at USC Upstate.

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Books From the Collection

Browsing the Collection

The Library of Congress classification system for music is divided into three broad areas:

M = Musical scores and audio and video recordings of actual performances of music. Most of the library's CD collection and many videos are shelved in the Ms.

ML = Literature about music. Biographies, histories, documentaries, and some historically-based CD anthologies are shelved in the MLs.

MT = Materials for the teaching and study of music. Some historical or practical materials with a strong analytical or didactic bent are also shelved in the MTs.

Rock music, and popular music in general, does not always fit comfortably into a classification scheme that was created primarily to organize Western Classical music. Individual items of relevance to the study of rock will be scattered throughout the three sections. Nevertheless, there are some clusters of materials that lend themselves to browsing:

M 1630.18 and M1741.18 contain many of the Rock CDs.

ML 420 and 421 contain several biographies of Rock and popular musicians.

ML 3534 contains many books about the history of Rock.

Be aware that in the USC Upstate Library, music materials may be found in three locations:

Reference (Library Use Only) - The most useful and up-to-date reference books.

General Circulating Collection - Books, Scores, CDs, Videos that are available to check out.

Oversize Collection - Books, Scores, CD sets that do not fit on standard library shelves. These are also available to check out.