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Research Tools for Historic Sound Recordings

Where should I start?

Think about your recording from multiple angles.

  • Is this a typical example of the genre?
  • Did the artist normally record/write this type of music?
  • Look at the year of the recording -- where was the performer in his/her career?
  • Were there notable circumstances or consequences surrounding the recording?
  • Do the lyrics tell a story about an event or historical figure?
  • Was this recording controversial in any way?

Biographical & Genre Information: Online Reference

Search SUMMON for Biographies & Other Books

Search SUMMMON for the artist or composer name and limit to  Content Type --> Book to find biographies and book chapters. 

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