Live Stream: UNC Press presents David Menconi, author of Step It Up and Go, with David Holt

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This book is a love letter to the artists, scenes, and sounds defining North Carolina’s extraordinary contributions to American popular music. David Menconi spent three decades immersed in the state’s music, where traditions run deep but the energy expands in countless directions. Menconi shows how working-class roots and rebellion tie North Carolina’s Piedmont blues, jazz, and bluegrass to beach music, rock, hip-hop, and more. From mill towns and mountain coves to college-town clubs and the stage of American Idol, Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk, Step It Up and Go celebrates homegrown music just as essential to the state as barbecue and basketball.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.


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.

Four-time Grammy winner David Holt is host of “David Holt’s State of Music,” a public-television series about the music of North Carolina. A renowned photographer as well as musician, he was a longtime accompanist for the legendary folk guitarist Doc Watson.

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Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781469659350
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 19th, 2020