Preview: A Conversation with David Menconi

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be taking part in a livestream conversation with author David Menconi (Oh, Didn’t They Ramble: Rounder Records and the Transformation of American Roots Music) this coming Friday. Here are the details from the press release:

Image shows the front cover of Oh, Didn't They Ramble and the headshots of David Menconi and Bill Kopp

For more than fifty years, Rounder has been the world’s leading label for folk music of all kinds. David Menconi’s book is the label’s definitive history, drawing on previously untapped archives and extensive interviews with artists, Rounder staff, and founders Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton Levy, and Bill Nowlin. Rounder’s founders blended ingenuity and independence with serendipity and an unfailing belief in the small-d democratic power of music to connect and inspire people, forging creative partnerships that resulted in one of the most eclectic and creative catalogs in the history of recorded music. Placing Rounder in the company of similarly influential labels like Stax, Motown, and Blue Note, this story is destined to delight anyone who cares about the place of music in American culture.

Music critic and journalist David Menconi spent twenty-eight years as staff writer at the Raleigh News and Observer. His most recent book was Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk, winner of the 2021 North Caroliniana Book Award.

Speaker, presenter, and author Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance (including monthly events Music to Your Ears and Music Movie Mondays) and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts. In Spring 2023 he taught a history of Rock ‘n’ Roll at UNC Asheville’s College for Seniors. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd, was published in 2018. His third title, What’s the Big Idea will be published in 2024.

Friday, October 20, 2023 – 6:00pm

This live streamed virtual event is free but registration is required.

Please click here to register. The link required to attend will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. 

My review of the book will run tomorrow on Musoscribe.