Bruce Pavitt

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Bruce Pavitt
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Bruce Pavitt founder of Sub Pop records, 2015
Background information
Born (1959-03-07) March 7, 1959 (age 60)
OriginOlympia, Washington, U.S.
Years active1980–1996
LabelsSub Pop

Bruce S. Pavitt (born March 7, 1959) is the Chicago-born founder of record label Sub Pop.


After briefly attending Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois and subsequently transferring to The Evergreen State College in Washington State, Pavitt started a fanzine entitled Subterranean Pop in Olympia, Washington in 1980, about American independent rock bands. Three cassette compilations were released through the fanzine. In 1983, Pavitt moved to Seattle and started a record store, Fallout, as well as writing a Sub Pop column for The Rocket, and hosting an independent-label specialty show on KCMU. 1986 saw the release of Sub Pop's (the "-terranean" was dropped earlier from the name) first LP: the Sub Pop 100. Green River's Dry As a Bone EP followed in 1987.


The Seattle Tattler #2. "Counting the Cobainbuck$". Belltown Messenger, February 2005.

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