328 pp., 7 x 10, 56 halftones, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7678-4
Published: March 2023
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5936-7
Published: September 2020
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Awards & distinctions
2023 North Carolina Humanities "North Carolina Reads" Selection
2020 North Caroliniana Society Book Award
First Runner-Up, 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Awards (Culture)
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.
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.
For more information about David Menconi, visit the Author Page.
"100 years of sound. From American Idol to Nina Simone, NC's rich musical legacy thrives. . . . Not every state can merit a hefty book about its music history, or fill an index with so many well-known names."— News & Observer
"Menconi [has] a deep and widespread insight into how music and business intersect, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the North Carolina scene."—John Lawless, Bluegrass Today
"An absorbing love letter to the artists, scenes, and sounds of North Carolina's contributions to America's popular music. . . . Thoroughly researched and endlessly enjoyable."—PopMatters
"Menconi [takes] a narrative approach, exploring a wide variety of music styles and packing his book with compelling stories."—Eddie Huffman, Greensboro News and Record
"Captures the rich diversity of North Carolina's music through colorful stories, poignant photos, and humorous anecdotes. Menconi's a masterful storyteller and a delightful guide to the music of the Tar Heel state, and every chapter in the book deserves to be lingered over and treasured for its loving attention to the details of the lives and music dwelling in the state."—No Depression
"Locates the soul of North Carolina music in its people's humble pragmatism. . . . Menconi's loving testament to our state's musical heritage is brisk and fun but will also be cited as a reference for years to come."—IndyWeek