Rockmine: Archive

The Commercial Archive

Rockmine is Europe's largest independent rock music archive. It's built around four enormous collections: the written word, audio, video and ephemera/memorabilia.

The largest of these is the written word. It's made up of five sections: music papers, books, magazines, cuttings and legal files.

The Music Paper Archive

Take a browse through the list of music papers and fanzines currently in stock. They're available for research by any branch of the media and also as props for film or television work. If you can't make it here in person, we'll be happy to undertake any research for you at a standard hourly rate. Needless to say, we would be pleased to fill any gaps in our collection. To this end we have thousands of muisc papers from the late 1970s to mid 1990s for trade.

The Library

Needless to say, we stock most of the seminal books on rock and pop and cover nearly every related genre and style. This would be a vast library by any standard but remember it's just a section of the written word archive.

The Magazine And Cuttings Collections

From Adam Ant in Interiors to Mick Jagger in Playgirl, rock and pop stars turn up on the covers of all sorts of magazines and we stock a lot of them. Thousands of them to be totally inexact! Usually written by non-rock journalists, these articles and interviews often bring a different perspective to what would normally be found in the likes of Q, Mojo and other similar journals.

If you think that Rockmine's archive is big, then our cuttings collection is MUCH BIGGER. Hundreds of thousands of reports taken from most U.K. daily papers for the past twenty odd years along with online news services from around the world for the last 13. If that isn't enough, we're going back through daily papers from 1956 to pull out every story related to pop and rock.

The Legal Document Archive

Autopsy reports, police files, court transcripts, judgements, F.B.I. files, divorce petitions and wills, they're all here. You wouldn't believe the amount of information these contain. The filed papers for Lisa Marie Presley's divorce included the complaint by Jordy Chandler against the prince of pop, the F.B.I. files on "The King" included news of a KGB plot to kill him whilst on duty in Germany and legal papers often carry a wealth of information unavailable elsewhere. Papers for Phil Spector's murder case for example clearly listed all his other complaints and arrests, even when charges were not pressed.

The Free Archive

The Gallery

Rockmine's gallery aims to bring you the most important images of rock and pop music. To start we've a real treat - the poster art of the Fillmore Auditorium and Avalon Ballroom. There's also a selection of original rock film posters, straight from Rockmine's own collection - and many of them are for sale!

The Download Library

Whether it's old xerox copies languishing in files or neatly stacked copies of famous rock fanzines and journals, we've got enough to turn any library green with envy. To titilate the rock historians among you, we're starting with one of rock's first magazines - Mojo Navigator from 1966; all 13 issues reproduced here in pdf format.

The Vault

Straight from Rockmine's vault, we've death certificates and autopsy reports for the great and the good - a fascinating foray into the macabre side of rock. We were proud to beat the F.B.I. at their own game and release their complete files on Jim Morrison & The Doors before anyone else - they're still here - and have another world exclusive with the complete transcripts of The Doors evidence at Jim Morrison's obscenity trial in Miami!

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