Bar/None Records

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

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]



  • Muro, Matt (3 October 1999), "Where Rockers Have a Mind, and a Label, of Their Own", The New York Times, retrieved 7 April 2019
  • Paltrowitz, Darren (8 November 2015), "Still rockin' - Bar/None Records owner talks about 30 years of music business survival", The Hudson Reporter, retrieved 22 April 2016
  • Pearis, Bill (27 April 2017), "Glenn Morrow (Rage to Live, Bar/None Records) preps first LP in decades (listen to "Comfort Zone")", BrooklynVegan, retrieved 18 March 2019
  • Testa, Jim (27 April 2017), "Glenn Morrow's Cry for Help to debut Sunday at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival", The Jersey Journal, retrieved 22 September 2015
  • World Cafe Staff (21 July 2016), "World Cafe: 5 Bands That Got Their Start On Bar/None Records", NPR, retrieved 3 April 2019

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