Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk

Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk

by David Menconi

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Overview

This book is a love letter to the artists, scenes, and sounds defining North Carolina's extraordinary contributions to American popular music. David Menconi spent three decades immersed in the state's music, where traditions run deep but the energy expands in countless directions. Menconi shows how working-class roots and rebellion tie North Carolina's Piedmont blues, jazz, and bluegrass to beach music, rock, hip-hop, and more. From mill towns and mountain coves to college-town clubs and the stage of American Idol, Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk, Step It Up and Go celebrates homegrown music just as essential to the state as barbecue and basketball.

Spanning a century of history from the dawn of recorded music to the present, and with sidebars and photos that help reveal the many-splendored glory of North Carolina's sonic landscape, this is a must-read for every music lover.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469659350
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 10/19/2020
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 157,619
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Music critic and journalist David Menconi spent twenty-eight years as staff writer at the Raleigh News and Observer. His most recent book (with Ray Benson) is Comin' Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel.

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Step It Up and Go is a landmark publication that tracks the state's rich musical history. David Menconi eloquently introduces early musicians like Shirley Caesar, Elizabeth Cotten, Blind Boy Fuller, Clyde McPhatter, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Poole, Earl Scruggs, Nina Simone, and Doc Watson, as well as contemporary performers like the Avett Brothers, Phonte Coleman, Rhiannon Giddens, Thomas "Rapper Big Pooh" Jones, Mandolin Orange, Megafaun, Tift Merritt, the Red Clay Ramblers, Southern Culture on the Skids, Superchunk, and Mike "M.C." Taylor. Menconi delivers a long-overdue salute to North Carolina as an unending source of musical talent that has defined the fields of old-time country, bluegrass, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and roll, and hip-hop.—William Ferris, author of Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues

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