Our Noise

Our Noise

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Merge Records defies everything youa€™ve heard about the music business. Started by two twenty-year-old musicians, Merge is a lesson in how to make and market great music on a human scale. The fact that the company is prospering in a failing industry is something of a miracle. Yet two of their bands made the Billboard Top 10 list; more than 1 million copies of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible have been sold; Spoon has appeared on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show; and the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs is a contemporary classic. In celebration of their twentieth anniversary, founders Mac and Laura offer first-person accountsa€”with the help of their colleagues and Merge artistsa€”of their work, their lives, and the culture of making music. Our Noise also tells the behind-the-scenes stories of Arcade Fire, Spoon, the Magnetic Fields, Superchunk, Lambchop, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Butterglory. Hundreds of personal photos of the bands, along with album cover art, concert posters, and other memorabilia are included.Bob Lawton I dona#39;t want to sound like a backward-thinking guy, but just to make the point: Wouldna#39;t you just dump the chick bass player? Therea#39;s a mindset ... to make it work. Wea#39;re not going to break up our business relationship.a€ I dona#39;t know how they did it. Who would even try? Mac We ... Phil Morrison Certainly it was always a question mark about how much Laura liked being in the band. So that was aanbsp;...

Title:Our Noise
Author:Laura Ballance, John Cook, Mac McCaughan
Publisher:Algonquin Books - 2009-09-15


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