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Music Resources

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

British Library sounds

  Particular recordings of interest are in the ‘Popular Music’ and 'Classical Music' sections:

  Classical Music

  Popular Music

Famous musicians and bands

The Amazing Bud Powell
Rough Guide Classical Music
Gary Barlow
David Bowie
Guerrilla Film Scoring
Lady Gaga and Popular Music
Rita Ora
The Rolling Stones
Sondheim on Music
Taylor Swift : Everything Has Changed Music And Style Sensation

Guitar playing

The Guitar Amp Handbook
The Step By Step Guitar Course
Guitar Tone
How to Play Guitar

Music all around

A Century Of Pop
Folk Music
Edith Bowman's Great British Music Festivals
How Music Got Free
The Rough Guide to Jazz
Live Music Production
The Music Industry
Musical Theatre
Popular Music,Technology and Society
The Rough Guide to Reggae
We Rock! Music Lab
The Oxford History of Western Music
The Rough Guide to World Music
The Rough Guide to World Music

Music related magazines

Computer Music
Lighting & Sound International
Sound on Sound

Rock and pop

The Rough Guide to Rock
There's a riot going on
The Faber book of pop
Popular Music and Society


101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them
1000 Songwriting Ideas
Music In Words : A Guide To Researching And Writing About Music
The Singer-Songwriter Handbook
Songwriter's Market : Where & How To Market Your Songs
Songwriting for Beginners

The Beatles

Help! : 100 Songwriting, Recording And Career Tips Used By The Beatles
The Beatles Unseen Archives
Recording the Beatles
Revolution In The Head : The Beatles' Records And The Sixties
Rough Guide to the Beatles

The power of music

Activities for Older People in Care Homes
Applying Music in Exercise and Sport
Creative Approaches in Dementia Care
A Creative Toolkit for Communication in Dementia Care
Everyday Eurythmy : Exercises To Calm, Strengthen And Centre : a Workbook For Daily Practice
Miracle of Music Therapy
Music As Medicine
You Are the Music