Some Web sites that rock

Where to find the pop music immortals and the nobodies on the Internet


December 08, 2005|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

An announcement that bands of debatable genius Black Sabbath and Blondie are among the latest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gave us reason to explore the wide world of rock-related Web sites. Introduced with a Buddy Holly quote honoring the eternal supremacy of rock's king, Elvis, the Web site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a "Today in rock history" feature, an animated music time line, and a schedule of the museum's traveling exhibitions. When we checked in, the site was in search of people who attended an Elvis Presley performance at Cleveland's Brooklyn High School in October 1955. This clever "Web book," titled "Reason to Rock: Rock Music as an Art Form," explores rock music and poetry - and links many of its pages to facilitate music downloads and CD purchases. You can roam this site for high-end (many items over $1,000) rock 'n' roll memorabilia, such as signed posters and photographs, collectible concert tickets and backstage passes. Buy a Marilyn Manson straitjacket stage costume for $866. This outlet is for unknown artists, who can post song samples, list appearances and collect fans. We spent our employer's time listening to Toronto band Grounded Outlet, Houston's Brother to Brother, and SmokingBill, of Seattle.

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