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Contents:
  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1: The Backstory to Starting a Record Company
  • Chapter 2: Rounders First Two Records - October 1970
  • Chapter 3: Building the Business - The Early 1970s
  • Chapter 4: Organizing the Indie Side of The Record Business
  • Chapter 5: The Concept of a Collective is Called Into Question
  • Chapter 6: The Second Half of the Seventies - George Thorgood and the Destroyers, and Wrestling With Change
  • Chapter 7: Entering the 1980s: 50 Dates in 50 States - No Nights Off!
  • Chapter 8: Starting Our Second Decade, A Maturing Company and Some Real Growing Pains
  • Chapter 9: The Middle 1980s - Flying by the Seat of Our Pants
  • Chapter 10: Alison Krauss - 1986 and for Decades to Come
  • Chapter 11: 1990 - Rounder Turns 20
  • Chapter 12: 1995 - A Quarter of a Century in, and Still Flying by the Seat of our Pants
  • Chapter 13: John Virant - "The Fourth Rounder"
  • Chapter 14: 2000 - Rounder Turns 30 As We Enter a New Century
  • Chapter 15: Selling the Company - The Next Iteration: The Concord Connection (2010)
  • Chapter 16: Rounders Sense of Mission
  • Appendix: The Rounder Founders

Vinyl Ventures - My 50 Years at Rounder Records

Bill Nowlin

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Rounder Records was born in 1970, a "hobby that got out of control," a fledging record company more or less conceived while the Sixties were still in flower, which began on just over $1,000. Founded by three friends just out of college, the Boston-area company produced over 3,000 record albums, the most active company of the last half-century specializing in roots music and its contemporary offshoots. Rounder won 56 Grammy Awards and documented a swath of music that in many cases might otherwise never have been presented to a broader public. It's arguably a quintessentially American success story. This book focuses on the early years up to and just through when Rounder evolved to a second stage, with a generational change that has kept the label healthy and flourishing when so many other cultural enterprises from the era have folded or gone dark. It's the story of three people with no background in business who took an idea and, through hard work and passion, built up something of lasting cultural significance.

Rounder Records: A Biography is less a standard history and more an idiosyncratic memoir written by one of the three Rounder founders. The book includes original photographs taken by the author or drawn from the Rounder archives.
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Contents:
  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1: The Backstory to Starting a Record Company
  • Chapter 2: Rounders First Two Records - October 1970
  • Chapter 3: Building the Business - The Early 1970s
  • Chapter 4: Organizing the Indie Side of The Record Business
  • Chapter 5: The Concept of a Collective is Called Into Question
  • Chapter 6: The Second Half of the Seventies - George Thorgood and the Destroyers, and Wrestling With Change
  • Chapter 7: Entering the 1980s: 50 Dates in 50 States - No Nights Off!
  • Chapter 8: Starting Our Second Decade, A Maturing Company and Some Real Growing Pains
  • Chapter 9: The Middle 1980s - Flying by the Seat of Our Pants
  • Chapter 10: Alison Krauss - 1986 and for Decades to Come
  • Chapter 11: 1990 - Rounder Turns 20
  • Chapter 12: 1995 - A Quarter of a Century in, and Still Flying by the Seat of our Pants
  • Chapter 13: John Virant - "The Fourth Rounder"
  • Chapter 14: 2000 - Rounder Turns 30 As We Enter a New Century
  • Chapter 15: Selling the Company - The Next Iteration: The Concord Connection (2010)
  • Chapter 16: Rounders Sense of Mission
  • Appendix: The Rounder Founders