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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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How to Make It in the Music Business without Really Trying

How to Make It in the Music Business without Really Trying

Colonial, Sugar Hill, and Merge Records

(p.182) 11 How to Make It in the Music Business without Really Trying
Step It Up and Go

David Menconi

University of North Carolina Press

Superchunk never hit it big, but their label Merge Records did, scoring chart-topping records and an Album Of The Year Grammy Award with Montreal’s Arcade Fire. They were just the latest and greatest label in local history, going back to Colonial Records, which released Andy Griffith’s 1953 hit routine “What It Was, Was Football.” In Durham, Sugar Hill Records became one of the top bluegrass labels in the 1980s. But while other labels came and went, Merge was the one with the most staying power of all.

Keywords:   Andy Griffith, Arcade Fire, Downloads, Merge Records, Record labels, Superchunk, Sugar Hill Records, Colonial Records

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