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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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The Eight-Track Era of Rock and Roll

The Eight-Track Era of Rock and Roll

Nantucket’s Long Way to the Top

(p.128) 8 The Eight-Track Era of Rock and Roll
Step It Up and Go

David Menconi

University of North Carolina Press

After forming as a beach band called Stax of Gold, Nantucket emerged as North Carolina’s top mainstream rock act of the 1970s. At a time when few acts in the state could attract the record industry, Nantucket signed to the major label Epic Records and had a good run through the 1970s and into the ’80s as a hard-working touring act. They also never completely left beach music behind, with horns and R&B a part of their sound, creating a template for North Carolina bands playing overtly mainstream music even when it was out of fashion.

Keywords:   Nantucket, Beach music, Mainstream rock

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