No, I am not a psychic, I have been listening to dead musicians. Big deal you say, you can hear dead musicians all the time by turning on the radio or just listening to some of the music on Spotify. What I have been listening to is audio interviews of musicians on Rock’s Back Pages, (there are also audio interviews with musicians who are still alive, if listening to people beyond the grave is not your thing).
Here’s my list of audio interviews from Rock’s Backpages (all deceased)
- Jimi Hendrix – Interview by Keith Altham, 11 September 1970
In the last interview Hendrix did, a week before his death, he talks poignantly about his plans for the future, and looks back at his past.
- David Bowie – Interview by Chris Roberts, 29 July 1999
Bowie, surrounded by some splendid NYC ambience, talks about where he’s at today, his workaholism, being part of Tin Machine and some of the personae he has adopted. (Part 1 of 2 interviews)
- Kurt Cobain – Interview by Jon Savage, 22 July 1993
Childhood in Aberdeen, WA; ‘Teen Spirit’ and making it; Courtney Love and marriage; drugs and the stresses of success; Vig vs Albini; that notorious MTV Awards incident – it’s pretty much all here.
- Michael Jackson – Interview by John Pidgeon, January 1980
John Pidgeon, via a 13-year-old Janet, hears from the King of Pop about how he linked up with Motown, learned about the studio, how he sees his future and his defense of disco.
- The Ramones – Interview by Ian Ravendale, 28 September 1978
Johnny, Joey, Tommy and Dee Dee talk about what got them together; making records; being “Ramones”; playing live, and the true meaning of Gabba Gabba Hey!
- Bob Marley – Interview by Karl Dallas, 19 July 1975
The day after his legendary Lyceum show, Marley expounds on Babylon, Rastafari, Jamaica, his universal message, and the meaning of ‘I Shot The Sheriff’.
Rock’s Back Pages has a huge variety of articles from heaps of different music publications like New Musical Express (NME), Real Groove and Rolling Stone. You will find artists (both dead and alive) like Ella Fitzgerald, Lorde, Joy Division and the White Stripes and so much more. Check out this fantastic eResource – it’s like going through a record collection in a second hand store, you never know what you will find.
We have a new streaming music service — Naxos Music Library Jazz. Good timing for jazz-lovers as the Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival starts here in Christchurch next week!
Naxos Music Library Jazz has over 9000 jazz albums from over 32,000 artists including luminaries like Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, and Ella Fitzgerald. It features music from some of the most renowned jazz labels including Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy and Enja. Use at a library or enter your library card and password/PIN.
Growing up in a house where jazz was often the music of choice, I found all the music from my childhood — Miles, Oscar, Ella, Charlie Parker, Nina Simone …
If you are not sure where to start, there are some great playlists. Depending on your jazz tilt, you could try Thelonious Monk from the Piano Legends, or John Coltrane if a saxophone is more your thing. If you’re looking to Take the “A” Train, Take Five, or My Funny Valentine they are all here — and boy do these cats know how to play. Can you dig it? Yes you can.
See more of our music eResources.
I’ve decided to give everyone a little run through of the eResources we have on offer at Christchurch City Libraries to let you know about some of the great databases we have access to.
Academic Search Premier allows access to one of the world’s largest scholarly full text database, covering every area of academic study. Extremely useful for essay writing and university level research. The collection boasts:
- More than 14,000 abstracted and indexed journals;
- More than 4,700 full text journals;
- Over 12,000 peer reviewed, abstracted and indexed journals;
- More than 4,000 peer reviewed, full-text journals.
You can also save, print and email results. By creating your own account using an email address and password you can also:
- Save preferences;
- Organize your research with folders;
- Create email alerts and/or RSS
The Library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
I’ve decided to give everyone a little run through on some of the eResources we have on offer at Christchurch City Libraries to help let people know about some of the great databases we have access to.
While I’m not officially in charge of knowing about Rock’s Backpages I couldn’t help but promote it! This site collects over 30,000 articles from a huge array of music journalism publications about various rock and roll bands from the last 50+ years.
The archive features:
- Full-text articles that can be searched by artist, writer, date, genre and keyword;
- A – Z lists of subjects, artists, writers and publications you can browse;
- Audio recordings of interviews etc;
- Previously unpublished pieces about the Beatles, the Doors and many others;
- Seminal interviews with major artists from Bob Dylan to Radiohead.
Most of the publications the articles are sourced from are from the UK. Over 40 articles a week are added, with contributions from over 600 journalists. The term “Rock” is very loosely applied to all manner of bands, so there will be something here for everybody. Look up your favourite musicians and see how they have been written about throughout history, like a nice wee time capsule. Especially great are album reviews of now quintessential rock music that critics panned at the time, or live show reviews that can give you a sense of just how “out there” Alice Cooper really was in his prime. Well worth a look
The Library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre