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Music - Subject Guides

An archive of past music subject guides found on the Music Library website.

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Indiana University Special Collections: Archives of African-American Music & Culture

Established in 1991, the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) is a repository of materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era.  Our collections highlight popular, religious, and classical music, with genres ranging from blues and gospel to R&B and contemporary hip hop.

Rhythm and Blues Music

Friedland, Ed. The R&B Bass Masters. San Francisco, Calif. : Backbeat; Enfield: Hi Marketing [Distributor], c2005.

MUSIC STACKS  MT599.B4 R36 2005


Goosman, Stuart L. Group Harmony: The Black Urban Roots of Rhythm & Blues. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, c2005.

MUSIC STACKS  ML3521.G66 2005


Gulla, Bob. Icons of R&B and Soul: An Encyclopedia of Artists that Revolutionized Rhythm. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2008.

MUSIC STACKS  ML3479.G85 2008 v.1 and v.2


Kelley, Norman. R&B, Rhythm and Business: the Political Economy of Black Music. New York: Akashic, c2002.

MUSIC STACKS  ML3790.R23 2002


Neal, Mark Anthony. Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation. New York; London: Routledge, 2003.

MUSIC STACKS  ML3521.N42 2003


Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B and Hip-Hop Hits. New York: Billboard, 2006.

West Stacks  ML156.4.B6 W45 2006

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