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Collection Number: 20326

Collection Title: David Lawrence Menconi Collection, 1984-2015

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 150 items)
Abstract David Menconi, a white professional music critic from San Antonio, Tex., began his career in 1985. He joined the News and Observer newspaper in Raleigh, N.C., in 1991, just as the area was being touted as an up-and-coming music scene. In 2000, Menconi published his first novel, Off the Record. The collection includes interview notes, correspondence, press releases, press packets, biographies, and videotapes, 1984-2017, relating to interviews Menconi conducted with alt-country, folk-rock, and rock and roll musicians from North Carolina and other parts of the South. Among those represented are Whiskeytown, Arrogance, the Backsliders, the Connells, Cracker, Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey, Peter Holsapple, Flat Duo Jets, Kevn Kinney, Tift Merritt, and Southern Culture on the Skids.
Creator Menconi, David Lawrence.
Curatorial Unit Southern Folklife Collection
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
Permission for published use of interview materials must be granted by the donor.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the David Lawrence Menconi Collection #20326, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from David Menconi of Raleigh, N.C., in October 2000 (Acc. 98779) and October 2017 (Acc. 103138). Websites harvested using Archive-It, beginning in December 2013 (Acc. 101924, Acc. 101946).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Processed by: Steven Weiss, February 2001

Encoded by: Steven Weiss, February 2001

Revisions by: Amanda Loeb, February 2014; Nancy Kaiser, Anne Wells, January 2019.

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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David Menconi, a white professional music critic from San Antonio, Tex., began his career in 1985. He received his Masters Degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. His thesis examined the discovery and demolition of the Armadillo World Headquarters, a 1970s concert hall.

Menconi joined the News and Observer newspaper in Raleigh, N.C., in 1991 just as the Research Triangle area was being touted as an up-and-coming music scene. In 2000, Menconi published his first novel, Off the Record.

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White music criticDavid Menconi's collection includes interview notes, correspondence, press releases, press packets, biographies, and videotapes, 1984-2017, relating to interviews Menconi conducted with alt-country, folk-rock, and rock and rollmusicians from North Carolina and other parts of the South. Among those represented are Whiskeytown, Arrogance, the Backsliders, the Connells, Cracker, Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey, Peter Holsapple, Flat Duo Jets, Kevn Kinney, Tift Merritt, and Southern Culture on the Skids. Videotapes found in the collection include concert recordings, interviews, music videos, and electronic press kits (EPKs) for musicians from North Carolina and other regions of the South.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Artist Files, 1984-2000.

12 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Music criticDavid Menconi's collection includes interview notes, correspondence, press releases, and biographies, 1984-2000, relating to interviews Menconi conducted with alt-country, folk-rock, and rock and rollmusicians from North Carolina and other parts of the South. Among those represented are Whiskeytown, Arrogance, the Backsliders, the Connells, Cracker, Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey, Peter Holsapple, Flat Duo Jets, Kevn Kinney, Tift Merritt, and Southern Culture on the Skids.

Folder 1

Ryan Adams/Whiskeytown

Folder 2

Arrogance

Folder 3

The Backsliders

Folder 4

The Connells

Folder 5

Cracker/Camper Van Beethovan

Folder 6

Mitch Easter/Chris Stamey/Peter Holsapple

Folder 7

Flat Duo Jets

Folder 8

Kevn Kinney/Drivin' and Cryin'

Folder 9

Tift Merritt/Two Dollar Pistols

Folder 10

Mojo Nixon

Folder 11

R.E.M.

Folder 12

Southern Culture on the Skids

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100 items.

Arrangement: as received.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103138

Press releases, artist packets, posters, and other ephemera documenting the local music scene.

Box 2

Artist press packets, press releases, and ephemera

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-20326/1

Posters

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2 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accessions 101924, 101946

Digital Item DI-20326/1

Website (blogs.newsobserver.com/beat)

"On the Beat: David Menconi on Music," Raleigh News and Observer blog of music critic David Menconi, discussing North Carolina music and culture. Website was harvested using Archive-It, beginning in December 2013.

Digital Item DI-20326/2

Website (loseringbook.wordpress.com)

"LoseringBook," website contains information about the biography Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of Whiskeytown, by David Menconi. Website was harvested using Archive-It, beginning in December 2013.

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14 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by artist.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103138

Videotapes include concert recordings, interviews, music videos, and electronic press kits (EPKs) for musicians from North Carolina and other regions of the South. Artists represented include Joe Henry, The Connells, Doubting Thomas, 7th Tribe and Tyfu. The series also includes a note from Teddy Jacobs III of Hittin Hard Productions found with the Tyfu videotape (VT-20326/13).

Videotape VT-20326/1

7th Tribe

VHS

Videotape VT-20326/2

7th Tribe, tv show, 1993

VHS

Videotape VT-20326/3

B Angie B, interview

VHS

Videotape VT-20326/4

The Connells, "Maybe", 12 February 1999

VHS

Directed by Grady Cooper and Norwood Cheek; Bonfire Films of America

Videotape VT-20326/5

Doubting Thomas, "The Ballad of Nellie Johnson"

VHS

Directed by Tony Elmwood; Oh Very Records; Electro Entertainment

Videotape VT-20326/6

Freestylers, EPK, 1999

VHS

Mammoth Records

Videotape VT-20326/7

Joe Henry, Fuse EPK

VHS

Mammoth Records

Videotape VT-20326/8

Phil Lee and the Sly Dog, "A Night in the Box", 1992

VHS

Grim Reminder Music

Videotape VT-20326/9

Positive Progression with Chris Johnson; Interview with Chris Walker; Aircheck show promo

VHS

Videotape VT-20326/10

Sample of Seven, "Live", Raleigh, N.C.

VHS

Venues include Brewery and Berkeley Cafe

Videotape VT-20326/11

Pauly Snubnoze, "Video Show", 2002

VHS

Videotape VT-20326/12

A.G. Thomas, "Never Say Never", 28 February 1995

VHS

Capitol Records, Inc.

Videotape VT-20326/13

Tyfu

VHS

Box 2

VT-20326/13: Teddy Jacobs III note, 16 September 2000

Note from Teddy Jacobs III of Hittin Hard Productions found with VT-20326/13

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