Discussion with Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt

December 30, 2014 6:13 PM

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Eleven years before the release of Nirvana's juggernaut Nevermind during the apex of glam metal, Sub Pop Records was a fledgling Xerox-and-X-Acto-knife-produced fanzine that championed local music scenes across the country. They produced cassette compilations that showcased regional music from every little scene in the U.S. all before becoming a genre-defining record label.

Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt has released all of the zines in their entirety in book form. Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology 1980-1988 is published by the mighty Bazillion Points. I had the good fortune to have a chat with the man.

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