Sleeping Bag Records

Sleeping Bag Records

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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, and EPMD; freestyle vocalist Nocera; 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.


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...
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