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Music Resources

Check out the Music Resources available through the Library:

  • Print Books
  • Streaming Music
  • C.D. Collection
  • Online Scholarly Journals

Music Online Streaming Database

 * off- campus access requires myCalStateLA identity log in.

Music Online is a comprehensive streaming audio collection. It currently provides access to over 500,000 albums (approx. 6,500,000 tracks) in the following genres:

  • Classical: All major genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas, and the avant-garde.
  • Jazz: All major genres including vocal jazz, bebop, acid jazz, big band, modern jazz, and more.
  • World: Music from 169 countries and more than 1,000 cultural groups.
  • American: Country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, R&B, and shape note singing.
  • Popular: Wide range of popular music from around the world that is not available in our genre-specific collections.

Additional search options: by Title, Artist, Time Period, Instrument and many more...


Create a Playlist:

 After registering for a Music Online playlist account, you can create personal or public playlists. Simply click on the "Sign In" link on the upper right corner (below the search bar) and follow the instructions to register. Search for a artist/song and once you select a album to listen to you should see a "playlist" button on the left hand side of the screen under the album name. By clicking on that button you can create a playlist or add the album to an existing playlist. You can create a playlist just for yourself or for a class or group of friends.

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CDs available in the Library

The Library has over 2,000 CDs available for loan.

Listen to something new today!

Wake Up! by John Legend & the Roots

Complete Piano Music by Roy Harris

A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles


    Grove (Oxford) Music Online Database

    Oxford Music Online includes: Grove Music Online database, Oxford Dictionary of Music, and Oxford Companion of Music.

    You can search historical time periods, movements, biographies and much more.

    Explore today!

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      Books Available at Cal State LA Library

      Visit the Library North Wing, 3rd floor to browse the Music Book Collection.

      M Music
      ML  Literature on music
      MT Instruction and study
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      100 Albums That Changed Popular Music - Chris Smith
      Call Number: North-3rd ML156.4.P6 S63 2007
      ISBN: 9780313338250
      Publication Date: 2006-12-01
      Whether on vinyl or in digital form, the album has become an integral part of our cultural history. "100 Albums That Changed Popular Music: A Reference Guide" tells the stories behind the most groundbreaking, influential, and often controversial albums ever recorded. Selected on the basis of their popular appeal, historical significance, and influence on later genres, the albums included represent a wide variety of genres, such as blues, jazz, rock, reggae, rockabilly, folk, soul, hip-hop, and country.

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      The Music Instinct - Philip Ball
      Call Number: North-3rd ML3800 .B2085 2010
      ISBN: 9780199754274
      Publication Date: 2010-09-01
      From Bach fugues to Indonesian gamelan, from nursery rhymes to rock, music has cast its light into every corner of human culture. But why music excites such deep passions, and how we make sense of musical sound at all, are questions that have until recently remained unanswered. Now in The Music Instinct, award-winning writer Philip Ball provides the first comprehensive, accessible survey of what is known--and still unknown--about how music works its magic, and why, as much as eating and sleeping, it seems indispensable to humanity. The Sunday Times hailed it as "a wonderful account of why music matters," with Ball's "passion for music evident on every page."

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      Violence Girl - Alice Bag
      Call Number: ML420.B34 A3 2011
      ISBN: 9781936239122
      Publication Date: 2011-09-27
      Against the colorful backdrop of an East L.A. childhood and the Hollywood punk scene, Violence Girl tells the hilarious, yet harrowing, coming-of-age story of Alice Bag, lead singer of The Bags. Sweeping two decades and a variety of social changes, Violence Girl is both a gripping memoir and a history of the L.A. punk scene through the eyes of one of L.A.'s most notorious punk stars.

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      Why Classical Music Still Matters - Lawrence Kramer
      Call Number: North-3rd ML3800 .K72 2008
      ISBN: 9780520258037
      Publication Date: 2009-01-07
      "What can be done about the state of classical music?” Lawrence Kramer asks in this elegant, sharply observed, and beautifully written extended essay. Classical music, whose demise has been predicted for at least a decade, has always had its staunch advocates, but in today’s media-saturated world there are real concerns about its viability. Why Classical Music Still Matters takes a forthright approach by engaging both skeptics and music lovers alike.

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      Writing about Music - Richard Wingell
      Call Number: North-3rd ML3797 .W54 2009
      ISBN: 9780136157786
      Publication Date: 2007-12-29
      Helping users write clear, convincing, persuasive prose on musical topics, this practical guide focuses on general writing issues as well as special challenges of writing about music-with clear, step-by-step explanations of the process of writing a paper. Updated to reflect the latest research methodology, resources, and technology, it continues to offer strong coverage on research, organization, drafting and editing-and includes a thorough section on basic writing skills.

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      The Sex Revolts - Simon Reynolds; Joy Press
      Call Number: ML82 .R53 1995
      ISBN: 0674802721
      Publication Date: 1995-05-01
      Blending music criticism, cultural studies, and gender theory, this analysis traces the precursors and prototypes for rock rebellion, examines the diverse forms of misogyny embedded in particular rock subcultures, evaluates gender, identity uncertainty and other themes, and examines female rockers.

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      Blues Legacies and Black Feminism - Angela Y. Davis
      Call Number: ML3521 .D355 1998
      ISBN: 067945005X
      Publication Date: 1998-01-20
      Jazz, it is widely accepted, is the signal original American contribution to world culture. Angela Davis shows us how the roots of that form in the blues must be viewed not only as a musical tradition but as a life-sustaining vehicle for an alternative black working-class collective memory and social consciousness profoundly at odds with mainstream American middle-class values. And she explains how the tradition of black women blues singers - represented by Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday - embodies not only an artistic triumph and aesthetic dominance over a hostile popular music industry but an unacknowledged proto-feminist consciousness within working-class black communities.

      RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

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      • About 200,000 citations on international music research.
      • This file is produced by the Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale.
      • This is considered to be THE premier scholarly index to music literature.
      • 1967 to present. Updated quarterly.


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