Book On Merge Recs’ History Due

Will feature profiles
of Arcade Fire, Spoon, Magnetic Fields, Superchunk,
Neutral Milk Hotel, Lambchop, Butterglory and others.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

This fall, to celebrate Merge
Records’ 20th anniversary, Algonquin Books chronicles their
achievements by releasing Our
Noise: The Story Of Merge Records, The Indie Label That Got Big And Stayed
Small
. Written by  John Cook (with Superchunk/Merge
founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Balance) and featuring an introduction penned
by Ryan Adams, the 304-page book is due in stores September 15.

 

Here’s the scoop, courtesy
Merge and the publisher:

 

Launched by two 20-year-olds, Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance, in a
rented home in the late 1980s, Merge Records had the humble beginnings of a
great success story. Hand-labeling and shipping each record themselves, Mac and
Laura started to make their mark on the independent music scene. They gained
popularity by fronting the popular pop-punk band Superchunk, one of Merge’s
first bands, in the mid-90s. Over time, the label has become known for
discovering some of the best indie bands in the country.

 

Twenty years later, with just thirteen employees-and a real office-the
label boasts some of the biggest bands on the independent music scene,
including Arcade Fire, Spoon, Magnetic Fields, M. Ward, Neutral Milk Hotel, She
& Him, and more. But Merge still maintains its small-label mindset by
producing good music they have faith in-not only what they think will sell the
most copies.

 

Author John Cook traces the growth of Merge along the bumpy roads that
led to its success and importance today, through first-hand interviews with
Mac, Laura, their friends, and band mates, and other key players in the
formation and growth of the label. Featuring photographs the life and times of
the label and its bands, as well as concert memorabilia, record label art, and
a link to a streaming Internet soundtrack for the book, 
Our Noise tells Merge’s story in an intimate and
entertaining package. 

 

 

[Photo nicked from Schoolkids’
Records’ MySpace page – couldn’t resist, as it’s such a perfect tribute.  www.myspace.com/schoolkidsrecords ] 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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