August 23, 2009
The oral biography Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small is my favorite music book of the year. The history of the Chapel Hill label is told by its founders, Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance, as well as its musicians, friends, and admirers. The accompanying essays by writers (including Dan Kennedy and Joshua Ferris) are an additional welcome surprise as they share their own personal experiences with the music Merge has helped launch into the world.
Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance have built Merge Records into an indie symbol of quality and integrity, an entity that holds both my admiration and respect.
To enter the contest, leave a comment in this post with the name of a company you admire and respect.
The winner will receive the following prizes:
Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small, by John Cook with Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance
three Superchunk and Portatstatic CDs to be chosen at random from my CD collection
The winner will be chosen randomly at midnight CT Friday evening (August 28th).
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