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The Roots of Rock

We are often asked, "When did rock begin?" 

It's a question without an easy answer; rock music as a genre has many roots and branches. The resources in this guide will help get you started with learning about and researching the origins of rock & roll. 

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Archival Resources

Listed below are notable archival collections and materials related to the roots of rock & roll.




Free articles are available on Rock's Backpages through the Free on RBP link. Create a free login with RBP's instructions to access articles. Visit the Library & Archives for full access to Rock's Backpages.

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