Iggy Pop on the Raw Power album cover looking at data samples

Raw Power in Raw Data: Linking Music Data Across Our Databases

One of the coolest and most unique things about Discogs is the sheer volume and power of music data that’s been diligently contributed by the community. Over the years, Discogs has become the place you go to find every physical release from pretty much every band and artist and all the data associated with those releases. 

Ultimately, we want Discogs to become the definitive discovery tool for finding, not just all music releases, but also all posters, books, and films, by, about, or related to your favorite artists. 

We’ve got the ball rolling with Discogs-style databases for films, books, and posters. These sites are growing at a rapid pace, with a strong music focus across all databases. They help add more insight, context, and more data to geek out on around our favorite music.

Now that we’ve got a good chunk of data, the next step is joining all these pieces together. By linking artists and credits across the sites, we’ll highlight music data connections, and bring more insight and context about artists, labels, music genres and scenes. 

You can get involved in our mission to connect music data: If a music artist also has page on Bookogs, Filmogs and Posterogs edit the artist’s Discogs page and add the link to it in the ‘Sites’ section. 

If you’re a systematic type, you can see which artists need linking and check them off as you go from one of these checklists for books, films and posters

Iggy Pop's Discogs page with music data including links to Bookogs, Filmogs, and Posterogs

It’s pretty satisfying discovering unexpected connections between the data and finding related films, books and posters. You, too, could be the archeologist of these pop culture nuggets. And there’s also rank points in it, if that’s your thing.

A few random facts we’ve discovered since we’ve started cross-linking artist data:

  • Brad Pitt has a Discogs artist page, though his list of credits isn’t that impressive with a grand total of one (surely a jazzy covers album or something is inevitable though). This is for speaking credit for lending his voice to an audiobook version of ‘All The Pretty Horses’ by Cormac McCarthy, released as a 2x cassette audiobook in 1993
  • Charlie Chaplin has a pretty impressive discography. In fact, so far he has more credits on Discogs than on Filmogs (we need to work on that)
  • Ray Bradbury was a literary powerhouse with many bibliography credits to his name. He’s also got an impressive stack of credits on Discogs and Filmogs, thanks to his brilliant and prolific output.
  • Despite Yoko Ono’s contributions to film and visual art, her only credits on Filmogs so far are Beatles-related documentaries.
  • Mike Skinner was in the 2011 InBetweeners movie
  • You can almost start to guess what style of music a band or artist plays based on the style of poster art they tend to go for

At last count, this it’s shaping up so far:

  • 3,500 links from Discogs to Bookogs, Filmogs and Posterogs
  • 4146 links from Bookogs credits and books to Discogs artist and releases
  • 1853 links from Filmogs credit and releases to Discogs artists and releases 
  • 841 links from Posterogs credit and poster pages to Discogs artists and releases

Collecting and connecting music data has always been the core mission of Discogs. By linking all the pieces together, we can make Discogs the central source of truth for all music data.

(Iggy would do it – look how impressed he is with those graphs).

Dig in and connect the music data: Link Bookogs, Filmogs and Posterogs artists and credits to their Discogs pages!

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