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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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Step It Up and Go

Step It Up and Go

Blind Boy Fuller, Durham, and the Piedmont Blues

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Step It Up and Go

David Menconi

University of North Carolina Press

In its 1930s prime, Durham was as important a blues hub as any city in America thanks to Blind Boy Fuller, Rev. Gary Davis, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and others, most of whom made their living busking in and around the city’s tobacco warehouses. It was a scene centered around houseparties and street corners, not remembered well today but very influential on the 1960s rock generation. Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead and Peter, Paul & Mary are just some of the acts to cover their songs. Local merchant J.B. Long played a key role, recording Blind Boy Fuller extensively.

Keywords:   Blind Boy Fuller, Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Cotten, Grateful Dead, blues, Rev. Gary Davis, Sonny & Terry, Durham, tobacco warehouse, J.B. Long

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