- About Us
The Norton label is based in New York City, alongside our operations and shipping department in Cleveland, Ohio. Together with our Kicks Books publishing company, our mission is to discover, uncover, and recover great unlauded music -- hillbilly, country, rhythm & blues, instrumental, garage, punk rock, instrumental, and soul music- all that dwell under our unique banner of rock & roll. Billy Miller and Miriam Linna started out with their magazine KICKS in 1979, which excavated and revealed the stories of untold musical heroes and unknown records. The magazine grew into the Norton Records label, which issued its first vinyl album in 1986. The label exploded, and, Kicks Magazine grew into Kicks Books, issuing photography, fiction, and non fiction by and about individuals in the world of rock & roll. Norton and Kicks are home to the creative output of Hasil Adkins, Link Wray, the Pretty Things, the Flamin' Groovies, the Alarm Clocks, the Sonics, the Wailers, Question Mark and the Mysterians, Dale Hawkins, Ron Haydock, the Rockin' R's, Esquerita, Andre Williams, Jack Starr, the Flat Duo Jets, the Untamed Youth, the Phantom Surfers, King Uszniewicz, the Hentchmen, Wade Curtiss, Jackie & the Cedrics, the Church Keys, The Dictators and many other worthy and essential music makers.
Norton Records was named after the character Ed Norton in the old TV show The Honeymooners. We started our business on a kitchen table in a Brooklyn loft forty-one years ago. Brooklyn is our home and home base, and we are proud to come to you from the historic Franklin Castle in Ohio.
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