Join us as we welcome the iconic founder of Sub Pop, Bruce Pavitt, talking about his book Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980-1988. In 1979, Bruce Pavitt moved to Olympia and began programming a show called "Subterranean Pop" on local community radio station KAOS-FM. Pavitt launched a fanzine version of "Subterranean Pop, " focusing on music with a punk, new wave, and experimental bent. Driven by the power of independent thinking, the Sub Pop zine's particular field of interest was artists from the Midwest and Northwest. Early issues featured impassioned rallying cries for local action that make more sense than ever today, alongside early published artwork by Linda Barry, Charles Burns, and Jad Fair. In 1986, Pavitt put his ideas into practice, launching Sub Pop Records with the historic Sub Pop 100 compilation and Soundgarden's first release. While the Sub Pop Records legacy is today legendary, the groundwork and creative wellspring that put Seattle on the musical map is assembled here for the first time. Afterwards, hear Pavitt DJ at the Spanish Ballroom at McMenamins Elks Temple.
Bruce Pavitt currently lives on Orcas Island. He remains engaged in music by speaking at conferences and festivals, consulting with artists and music labels, and working as a DJ. A true music fan, Bruce continues to study music history in every genre. He is also the author of Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989.