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The 1960s Garage Rock Scene in Western North Carolina, Part Two

Continued from Part One… The Garage Band Aesthetic There’s an undeniable sense of immediacy to recordings made by garage bands of the 1960s; that quality is the result of the recording process: one take and out. Studio time cost money, as did the magnetic tape that captured the sounds. So when teenage bands showed up

The 1960s Garage Rock Scene in Western North Carolina, Part One

The following is a story I wrote in 2016 on assignment for WNC Magazine. The feature appeared in print in the October 2017 issue of the publication, with great photos and a very interesting sidebar by Vance Pollock. Herewith is my original, longer edit of the story. — bk “The starting point has to be

North Carolina’s Little Drummer Girl

There’s some hidden rock’n’roll history in Western North Carolina. Back in the 1960s, diminutive teenager Theresa Crouch was that rarest of creatures: a girl drummer in a rock band. As part of the psychedelically-named Orange Purple Marmalade (later renamed Justice), Theresa provided the solid backbeat at concerts and dances in WNC and up and down