Our Noise

  • by John Cook, Mac McCaughan, Laura Ballance
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For 20 years, Merge Records has remained true to their belief that you can sign bands because you love their music and respect what they're trying to do. As giant corporate labels struggle for survival, Merge has garnered a secure and growing fan base while releasing some of the best music of our time. Our Noise is the history of the much loved label as seen by those who were there. It features interviews with and profiles of now releases some of indie rock's biggest names.


What the Critics Say

"Merge Records might be responsible for more indie-rock classics than any other label in the past two decades." (Magnet)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Extremely self-satisfied

What would have made Our Noise better?

Using direct quotes so pervasively really took away from telling the story of this record company.

Has Our Noise turned you off from other books in this genre?


How could the performance have been better?

Turn down the volume on the smugness

What character would you cut from Our Noise?

The people were fine, just too much back-slapping

Any additional comments?

I didn't really need so much emphasis on the evils of the big-bad record companies. Just tell the story of your label, it's interesting enough as it is.

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- Robert

Great book, uplifting story

With the music business in such a poor state, the story of Merge Records is an inspiration. The book is well written, and gives a good understanding of why this label is still great and so many of their early bands are still together.
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- Jami E. Nettles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-19-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.