June 27 at 6:30 PM | Step It Up and Go
About the Book
Non-Fiction. This book is a love letter to the artists, scenes, and sounds defining North Carolina’s extraordinary contributions to American popular music. 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.
"100 years of sound. From American Idol to Nina Simone, NC's rich musical legacy thrives. . . . Not every state can merit a hefty book about its music history, or fill an index with so many well-known names."
—News & Observer
About the Meeting
Participants will meet at the Wake Forest Historical Museum on Tuesday, June 27, 2023. This panel will explore how working-class roots and rebellion tie blues, jazz, and bluegrass to beach music, hip-hop, and a celebration of North Carolina popular music. This event features author David Menconi and founder of Ramseur independent label and North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Trustee Dolphus Ramseur in a conversation moderated by NC Humanities’ Board Trustee Elizabeth Carlson. We will have a small group conversation about the book following the program guided by museum staff. Feel free to arrive early to visit with fellow readers or browse the exhibit gallery. Refreshments will be served.
How to Get a Copy of the Book
The museum has a limited supply of free books for participants. Please indicate your interest in the book below.
Step It Up and Go is available through Wake County Public Libraries.
Paperback and hardcover copies of the book can also be purchased from Page 158 Books, our local bookstore. Please let the store know that you are participating in the museum’s book club to receive a special discount. If you are in the local area, the bookstore can deliver orders of $20 or more to these zip codes: 27587 and 27571. They also offer curbside pickup 11 am-6 pm Monday thru Saturday, and Books can be shipped to your home.