Jeff Nelson (musician)

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Jeff Nelson
Born1962 (age 56–57)
South Africa
GenresHardcore punk
Occupation(s)Musician, graphic designer
Associated actsMinor Threat, the Teen Idles

Jeff Nelson (born 1962 in South Africa) is an American drummer and graphic designer. He is best known as the drummer for the Washington, D.C. hardcore punk band Minor Threat. Nelson and friend Ian MacKaye formed their first band, The Slinkees, in 1979. Their next band was The Teen Idles. He also co-founded the independent record label Dischord Records along with MacKaye in 1980, whose first record was the Teen Idles. They continue to run Dischord together. The duo also comprised the projects Skewbald/Grand Union and Egg Hunt; both bands recorded only one single. Nelson has also played in the bands Feedbag, Three, Wonderama, Senator Flux, High Back Chairs, and Fast Piece of Furniture. He founded Pedestrian Press in 1988 and Adult Swim Records in 1989. An aficionado and collector of Jeep Wagoneers and Victorian architecture, Nelson currently lives in the historic "Old West End" of Toledo, Ohio. In 2008 he formed a community organization called Save Our Scott, which led the fight to save Toledo's oldest high school, built in 1912. (Jessup W. Scott High School was saved, and underwent a $42 million renovation).[1]


  1. ^ Giammarise, Kate. Jeff Nelson on Toledo., March 5, 2009. Retrieved July 9, 2012.


  • Azerrad, Michael (2001). Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0-316-78753-6.
  • Blush, Steven; Petros, George (2001). George Petros, ed. American Hardcore: A Tribal History. Feral House. ISBN 978-0-922915-71-2.
  • Cogan, Brian; Spheeris, Penelope (2008). The Encyclopedia of Punk. Sterling. ISBN 978-1-4027-5960-4.

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