Jay Ziskrout

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Jay Ziskrout (born September 8, 1962) was the first drummer for Bad Religion, forming the group with schoolmate Brett Gurewitz in 1980.[1] Ziskrout performed on Bad Religion's self-titled EP and half on their debut album How Could Hell Be Any Worse?. He decided to leave the band with only half of the songs recorded due to the other band members not listening to him.[2] Bad Religion replaced him with his drum roadie, Pete Finestone.[3]

After leaving Bad Religion, Jay formed the band Electric Peace.[4] They would go on to release four albums including one on Enigma Records.[5] Ziskrout would go on to be managing director for Epitaph Records Europe, Vice President of Album Promotion for Arista Records, COO of CMJ, and founder of Grita! Records.[6]

For Grita! Records he signed or released such artists as:


  1. ^ "Bad Religion – 30 Years". BadReligion.com. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  2. ^ Greene, Jo-Anne. (May 23, 1997). "Addicted to the Opiate of the Masses". Goldmine: The Collectors Record and Compact Disc Marketplace.
  3. ^ Den, Tim, Bad Religion "The Empire Strikes First", archived from the original on February 28, 2007, retrieved 2013-08-06
  4. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005). New Wave of American Heavy Metal. ISBN 9780958268400.
  5. ^ "Electric Peace Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic.
  6. ^ "Jay Ziskrout's schedule for CMJ 2012".

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