The Observer Music Monthly
Site and sound
Don't look over your shoulder, but the online revolution is here. This is OMM's indispensable guide to the 25 most amazing music sites on the web
Campbell Stevenson, The Observer, Sunday 19 March 2006
Best for: never having to root in the attic for old NMEs again
I have a friend - OK, it's me - who drove his mother nuts by leaving piles of NME and Sounds strewn around the bedroom. Now I drive my wife and family to distraction by filling all cupboards with back copies of music mags - with articles on Neil Young or the Clash torn out. Rocksbackpages.com is for me - and for my family. It's an archive of 10,000 classic pop interviews and reviews, searchable by artist or writer. You can while away hours seeing how critical opinions on the Flamin' Groovies have altered, and now, as the site builds its audio content, you can hear Hendrix mumbling about Electric Ladyland. It's a cultural resource for students, it's a tool for journalists - and it's a great way of whiling away a wet afternoon. There's an annual subscription of £25, but trust me, it's worth it, if only to keep your house tidy.
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