Published Jul 12, 2013Before Sub Pop was a record label, Bruce Pavitt co-founded it as a radio show and fanzine called Subterranean Pop. Soon, those storied '80s zines will be gathered as an anthology by Bazillion Points Books.
The 336-page flexi-bound art book collects issues one through nine of the zine, along with Pavitt's Sub Pop column for the now-defunct Seattle paper The Rocket.
The self-published zine focused on independent music, particularly punk, new wave and experimental artists hailing from the Midwest and the Northwest. Beat Happening/K Records lynchpin Calvin Johnson joined the staff starting with the second issue.
According to the description from Bazillion Points Books, "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." Major label artists were passed over in favour of then up-and-coming acts like the Beastie Boys, Metallica, and Run DMC. Pavitt left Sub Pop in the '90s. It has since been run by label co-founder Jonathan Poneman.
The collection is due out in the summer of 2014. Learn more about it here.
In related news, Sub Pop is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this weekend with a by-donation concert in Seattle. To celebrate the event, Mudhoney performed atop the Space Needle. Check that performance out below, along with a stream of an early Sub Pop compilation by Pavitt (which pre-dates the record label).