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African American Sheet Music, 1820-1920
An online collection of digitized African American sheet music. Collection is indexed by title, subject, or creator.
Entertainment Award Show Winners - The Envelope - LA Times
Database of award show winners dating back to 1916. Presented by the LA Times newspaper. Includes big-name show winners (Emmy, Golden Globe, Academy), as well as smaller awards.
Essentials of Music
Built around the W.W. Norton & Co. Essential Classics series, this website is designed to introduce you to the best music of every period. The site includes a glossary of music terms, brief composer biographies, an overview of periods of music, and musical example soundbites.
Gaylord Music Library Necrology File
Check Washington University's Gaylord Music Library Necrology File for dates of death and citations to the death notices of contemporary musicians.
Music Library Association Obituary Index
Much information can be found about someone by reading his or her obituary. Although this site does not provide the actual obituary, the MLA index covers musicians of all types, popular and classical, and furnishes citations for obituaries and biographies appearing in journals, magazines, newspapers, and other sources.
Music Resources from
This website contains links and information to all types of music related sites. If you're looking for music associations or organizations, music magazines, or just general music information, this is the place to visit.
Negro Spirituals
This Web Site provides information on spiritual music in the united States.  Includes historical information, lyrics, information on singers, songs, and composer.
Use this free music discovery service to help you enjoy music you already know, and to discover new music you'll love. Pandora is powered by the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken, the Music Genome Project. Type in the name of your favorite song, artist, or composer, and Pandora will create a streaming radio station featuring that music and more like it.


Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990 

Includes biographical information on musicians and bands, in a variety of different genres, working in popular music.  Also provides a critical analysis of the musician's work, discography, official website, bibliography, and filmography. 
Call Number: XML102 .P66 B35 2004
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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 
4th edition
Larkin, Colin Larkin

This 10-volume set on popular music from 1900 to today, covers everything from Broadway musicals to heavy metal music, including information on musicians, songwriters and producers.


Call Number: XML102 P66 G84 2006Q
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The Harvard dictionary of music

The Harvard dictionary of music  
4th edition
Randel, Don Michael

Classic one-volume music dictionary covering the basics of musical terms and styles, complete with illustrations and musical examples.
Call Number: ML100 .A64 2003Q
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The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 
2nd edition
Sadie, Stanley

This 29 volume set contains entries on everything from musical instruments, styles and terms, to biographical essays of performers and composers – often accompanied by a complete listing of compositions.


Call Number: XML100 .N48 2001Q
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