Among those who have come and gone through WNUR’s The Rock Show, I don’t know if there’s anything as memorable as the Rock Bible; over more than twenty years, the Rock Show staff has compiled a seriously exhaustive compendium of independent, alternative, and experimental music. The pages of the Rock Bible serve as the basis for The Rock Show’s DJ training meetings, and many of them have never been released to the public.

For the first time, we’re opening the Rock Bible up to the world; every week, we’re going to take you through some of the book’s highlights. Some of these will be great primers on musical genres or styles, some of them will have awesome designs, and some we’re not totally sure what they were doing in the book in the first place. After the jump, see for yourself what the first week of Torn From The Bible has to bring:

What is The Rock Show?

Rules of The Rock Show

The Nifty One-Sheet Guide to Krautrock

Chicago Rock, 1992-2000


  1. Joel Penney says:

    Hey there, former Rock Music director Joel Penney here (2003-2004). Great bunch of scans you got up on the site, although the last one is an error. On the other side of the page, you will find my “Meet the Residents” sheet. The side you have up, however, was scrap paper… and happens to be a page from a horror screenplay I wrote for an NU class my senior year. Hi-larious! Please fix if you can, and keep on scannin’!


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