KPL staff-selected resources. We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Staff Recommends

Rock and roll will save your life : a book by and for the fanatics among us (with bitchin' soundtrack)  by Steve AlmondThe Boy Who Cried Freebird: rock & roll fables and sonic storytelling by Mitch MyersThe Art of British Rock: 50 years of rock posters, flyers, and handbills by Mike EvansStarting Over: the making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy by Ken SharpPrecious Metal: Decibel presents the stories behind 25 extreme metal masterpieces by Albert Mudrian

Databases (most require KPL library card)

MeL Michigan eLibrary

Magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books provided to Michigan libraries and Michigan residents at home with their Michigan Driver's License or ID or from libraries in Michigan.  Also includes links to Michigan related websites.

Community Resources

American Guild Of Organists - Southwest Michigan Chapter

American Recorder Society

Barbershop Harmony Society - Kalamazoo Chapter

Crescendo Academy

Fontana Chamber Arts

Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

K'zoo Folklife

Kalamazoo Bach Festival

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

Kalamazoo College and Community Orchestra

Kalamazoo Community Chorale

Kalamazoo Concert Band

Kalamazoo Jazz Society

Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society

Kalamazoo Male Chorus

Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Kalamazoo Ringers

Kalamazoo Sacred Harp Singers

Kalamazoo Singers

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association

Nashville Songwriters Association International - Kalamazoo Chapter

Western Michigan University - Music Therapy Clinic


Copyright for Music Librarians

Information about copyright, its uses, abuses, and file sharing and downloading issues for both librarians and musical publishers.

Cyber Hymnal

4,600 Christian hymns and gospel songs from many denominations.

Historical American Sheet Music-Library of Congress

A significant collection of 19th and early 20th century American sheet music.

LaMusica - Latin Music Online

News features and articles about Latin music.


Channel and programming information from MTV.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Features a list of current inductees, those recently voted in, and a virtual tour through the museum exhibits.

Worldwide Internet Music Resources

Band biographies, musical research tools, scholarly analysis, genre descriptions, and access to periodicals.


Classical Net

Features more than 6800 files including more than 5000 CD, SACD, DVD and Book reviews and over 5300 links to other classical music web sites.

The Symphony-an interactive guide

Resource for people wanting to learn more about symphonies.  Rich biographies of major musical composers.

Internet Radio

The world's largest social music platform. Show off your taste, see what your friends are listening to, hear new music, get personal radio, recommendations, and more.


Pandora radio is the personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites.


Music and music videos from

Live Music Resources


Latest details on more than 2,500 music festivals in North America.


Concert and musician news information.


BET Music

Music section of Black Entertainment Television's official web site.

Dirty Linen

E-zine abridgement of the hard-copy folk music magazine, including their "Gig Guide," an up-to-date listing of performance schedules for many folk artists.

Down Beat

The online version of the leading jazz publication offers artist biographies, music reviews, and more.

Guitar Player

Guitar Player magazine is the complete acoustic and electric guitar package. Featuring free online acoustic and electric guitar lessons, tutorials and ...


Online version of the popular music and culture magazine.

Rolling Stone

Online version of the popular music magazine.

Sound & Vision

Sound and Vision Magazine provides authoratative tests and reviews of home theater equipment such as HDTVs, surround sound speakers, home theater systems, and more.


Spin Magazine's Web presence with news, Webcasts, interviews, reviews, and features on films, music, and games.


Online version of the hip hop and rhythm and blues music magazine.

Music Review Resources

All Music Guide

Information about bands and solo musical performers, including biography profiles and discographies.

Billboard Music News & Reviews

Online version of the Billboard magazine.


Metacritic compiles reviews from respected critics and publications for film, video/dvd, books, music, television and games.


"Pitchfork is a website dedicated to music and the discussion thereof. And we rule."

World Music

Global Rhythm

Online version of the World Music magazine

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Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma tunes up
before performing at
Harvard University.

Source: AccuNet/AP Multimedia
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