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Bar/None Records

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Bar/None Records
Founded1986 (1986)
FounderTom Prendergast
Glenn Morrow
GenreAlternative rock, indie rock, folk
Country of originUnited States
LocationHoboken, New Jersey

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Bar/None Records is an American independent record label based in Hoboken, New Jersey.


Previously working in pirate radio, Tom Prendergast booked and promoted bands in his native country, Ireland. He moved to Hoboken, New Jersey in 1982, where he met guitarist and vocalist Glenn Morrow of the band Rage to Live. Morrow had already built a network of contacts in the alternative music community, having toured nationally with his previous band, the Individuals. Morrow was also a former employee in the A&R department at Warner Bros., and was the managing editor of the magazine New York Rocker. Prendergast founded Bar/None Records in early 1986 in Hoboken, and the Rage to Live's self-titled album was the label's first release, and Morrow soon became a partner with Prendergast in the record label.[1] The label's second release, They Might Be Giants, made more than one-hundred thousand sales, and They Might Be Giant's follow-up album, Lincoln, more than doubled those sales.

In 2000, Prendergast left New Jersey to move back to Ireland, selling his share of Bar/None Records to Morrow.[2] NPR's radio program World Cafe recognizes Bar/None Records as being "small but influential," and notes several artists that first recorded with the label before signing with larger record labels, such as Ezra Furman, Freedy Johnston, Yo La Tengo, the Front Bottoms, the Feelies and They Might Be Giants.[3] Bar/None Records is the largest record label in New Jersey.[4]




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