Rock’s Backpages is a music lovers dream; an online archive of 10,000-plus classic music interviews and reviews, searchable by artist or writer. Launched in 2000 by Barney Hoskyns, a former editor for the Brit music mag Mojo, the content is not free – a six-month personal subscription goes for $36; for a full year, it is $60.
Like I said it’s not free, but then again some of it is.
If you type “Miles Davis” in a search query you get 311 articles found. Not each article is about Miles specifically, but there are plenty of old-school articles about the jazz legend. Click on a headline, they give you the opening paragraph and then it’s time to pay up.
But in the case of Miles Davis: London, Hammersmith Odeon, a lively concert review by Richard Cook that appeared in NME back in May 1983, it’s 100% free. It appears the website does indeed offer a few freebies to wet the appetite. In this case it’s nice to have access to the entire article.
And it’s not even a positive review!!