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Capitol Rock Research Collection

Identifier: 177

Scope and Contents

Includes materials gathered for the writing of the First Edition of Capitol Rock, published in 1996. Materials include copies of newspaper and magazine articles as well as transcripts of interviews conducted by Mr. Opsasnick.


  • Creation: 1957 - 1997
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1993 - 1996

Biographical / Historical

Mark Opsasnick was born in Washington, DC in 1962 and raised in Greenbelt, MD, where he still lives today. He graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in 1980 and received his bachelor of arts in urban studies from the University of Maryland in 1984. From 1987 to 2005, he was writer and contributing editor for Strange Magazine and has written for several other publications. Opsasnick has authored several books, including Capitol Rock (1996), Washington Rock and Roll (1998), The Maryland Bigfoot Digest (2004), and The Real Story Behind the Exorcist (2006). His books, with his methodical approach to a variety of subjects, all have this regional backdrop in common.


1 Linear feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Series 1: Research Materials Research materials are photocopied from various print publications, such as: Unicorn Times, Harmonix Magazine, Hard Rock Magazine, Guitar World Magazine, various CD reissue liner notes, and similar material.

Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 2: Interview Transcriptions

This series includes hand-written and photocopied interview transcriptions. Interviews include: Danny Gatton, Judy Buchanan, Mike Reidy, and many others. No release waivers are included, but an introduction to the transcriptions, with a complete index of subjects, is included.

Materials are arranged alphabetically by interview subject.

Series 3: Capitol Rock 1st Edition paperback WASH REF 781.6609 062 Inscribed by Author

Custodial History

Mr. Opsasnick donated the material to the Library in December of 1997.

Processing Information

Collection was processed at the folder level.

Capitol Rock Research Collection 177
Christopher Knott, Ray Barker
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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