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Step It Up and GoThe Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk$
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David Menconi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469659350

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469659350.001.0001

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March 1991

(p.1) Prologue
Step It Up and Go

David Menconi

University of North Carolina Press

This sets the scene for the story of North Carolina music, with the author’s introduction to the state’s music via the 1952 compilation “Anthology of American Folk Music.” Through vignettes and interviews with an array of figures, historical as well as contemporary, it sets the stage for a narrative of musical history with a through-line of underdog working-class populism. Old-time legend Alice Gerrard, Piedmont blues guitarist Etta Baker, pianist Ben Folds, Kruger Brothers Uwe Kruger, and Hiss Golden Messenger leader M.C. Taylor all figure prominently.

Keywords:   Alice Gerrard, Ben Folds, Bluegrass, Etta Baker, Hiss Golden Messenger, Kruger Brothers, Old-time music, Populism, Musical history

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