Sleeping Bag Records

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Sleeping Bag Records
Founded 1981
Founder Arthur Russell
William Socolov
Juggy Gales
Genre Various
Country of origin USA
Location New York City, New York

Sleeping Bag Records is a defunct New York City-based old school hip hop and dance music independent record label that operated from 1981 to 1992. The label's artist roster included acts such as old school hip hop groups Mantronix, Just-Ice, Nice & Smooth, T La Rock, EPMD and Stezo; freestyle vocalist Nocera and Kariya; and R&B singer-songwriter Joyce Sims.


Sleeping Bag Records was founded by avant-garde cellist, composer, and underground disco artist Arthur Russell, William Socolov, and Juggy Gales. The label's corporate logo was a drawing of a koala.

Sub-label Fresh Records was founded in 1985.[1]


After closing its doors in 1992, the catalog sat in limbo for several years. In 1996, the label and its catalog were purchased by Warlock Records, which has been rereleasing its titles with the Sleeping Bag and Fresh logos alongside the Warlock Records logo since. The building in Manhattan where the label had its headquarters was torn down in the 1990s and a luxury apartment building stands in its place.

In 2006, the label became one of many imprints’ catalogs that became Traffic Entertainment Group, which has been releasing new versions of the classic albums in Sleeping Bag’s catalog with their original artwork intact.

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  1. ^ "Fresh Records Profile". Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Juggy Gayles, 86, Promoter Who Turned Songs Into Hits". The New York Times. 2000-01-21. Retrieved 2011-05-16.