Mark Kemp is a veteran journalist who’s served as editor of Creative Loafing and SF Weekly, music editor at Rolling Stone and VP of music editorial at MTV Networks, among others. He is the author of Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race and New Beginnings in a New South, and currently serves as senior editor of the North Carolina magazine Our State.

Visit Mark’s blog, Kempspielfor news, commentary, stories from his archives and progress reports on new writing projects, books, readings and more. And buy a copy of Dixie Lullaby in hard cover and Kindle at Simon & Schuster and soft cover at the University of Georgia Press.

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  1. Hi Mark, my boss is a songwriter and is interested in speaking to you directly if possible! Do you have an email address she can send a message to? Or would it be best if she just send a message the way I am sending one now?


  2. Hi Mark-I just read your story on Facebook about the Soap Stone mine near Ramseur and It brought back a flood of memories for me. Having spent most of my Wonder Bread years in Siler City back in the 60s and early 70s, my friends and I spent many summer days basking in the sun and plunging in the very cold blue waters of the quarry. I’m not sure if there was shrinkage involved, but probably. The only blemish was the day a kid did a header off the top cliff and landed on the rocks. Luckily, we had just left and were spared the anguish and tragedy.

    FYI, I had an orange VW Beetle with a Craig 8 track player and a set of bodicious speakers in the back blaring out the tuneage of the day, even Black Sabbath. Ah, the “salad days,” stealing a line from Raising Arizona.

    Thanks for bringing a great memory back to the front of my brain.

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