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Popular Music

Library resources on rock, jazz, hip hop, videogame music, and other popular genres

Other Genres

There are many other genres of popular music without specific pages on this guide. Some, like blues, can be found on the African American Music Research Guide while others with strong ties to folk idioms appear on the International Music Research Guide. The resources below highlight these genres not included elsewhere on this guide. Also feel free to contact the Music Librarian for further research assistance.

Recommended Books

The recommended books below include reference sources and circulating books on genres not included elsewhere on this guide. Many genres have their own call numbers within types and styles of popular music, including blues (ML 3521), disco (ML 3526), reggae (ML 3532), soul (ML 3537), and electronic dance music or EDM (ML 3540). Remember to also find biographies, especially within ML 420 which pertains to singers. Books are sorted by their call numbers for ease of browsing. Hover over the info icon to see a description.

Interlibrary Loan

Users are encouraged to search for items beyond University Libraries' catalog via RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and WorldCat. Materials not available in print or online may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Please allow up to seven days for electronic delivery and up to fourteen days for delivery of physical items.