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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

All archival materials related to The Roots of Rock can be found here. Listed below are notable collections and items.

Audio

Books

Video

Spotify Playlist

Youtube

Podcasts

Articles

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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