Nan Warshaw

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Nan Warshaw
Born Nancy R. Warshaw
(1962-11-02) November 2, 1962 (age 55)
Nationality American
Occupation Co-Founder, Bloodshot Records
Years active 1985-present
Partner(s) Mark Panick
Children 1

Nan Warshaw (born November 2, 1962) is the Co-Founder of Bloodshot Records, an independent record label based out of Chicago.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Warshaw grew up in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago as well as Evanston, Illinois.[4]

In 1985, Warshaw graduated from Evergreen State in Olympia, Washington. In 1993, she received a master's degree in Business and Entrepreneurship from Columbia College Chicago.[4][5]


Warshaw started Bloodshot Records with co-founders Rob Miller and Eric Babcock as a hobby that they ran out of her apartment in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago.[6] They were trying to shine a light on some of the unheralded music they were listening to and seeing in the local Chicago clubs at the time.[7]

In addition to her work at the label, Warshaw is involved in healthcare reform activism. In 2006, she helped to organize beneifts to support Fitzgerald's sound engineer Gary Schepers cover healthcare related expenses.[8]

She was the small business owner representative for Illinois on the White House website for health care reform under President Barack Obama.[9] She was an active supporter of the Affordable Care Act.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, Warshaw married Christian "Tex" Schmidt, who was in the Swedish band the Roughnecks.[11] They have a son. The marriage ended in divorce. Warshaw long-term partner is Mark Panick, a musician from the bands The Bonemen of Barumba and Razorhouse.[12]


Works and publications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Margasak, Peter (7 January 2015). "Where is Bloodshot Records going now that 'insurgent country' has outgrown it?". Chicago Reader. 
  2. ^ "ChicagoMade Spotlight: Nan Warshaw – Co-Founder of Bloodshot Records" (Video). Choose Chicago. 11 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Bazer, Mark; Miller, Rob; Warshaw, Nan (24 February 2010). "Rob Miller and Nan Warshaw on The Interview Show" (Video interview). The Interview Show at The Hideout. 
  4. ^ a b Lorenz, Hannah (21 October 2014). "Nan Warshaw MA '93, Business and Entrepreneurship". Columbia College Chicago. 
  5. ^ Lorenz, Hannah (22 September 2014). "Top-Shelf Label". DEMO Magazine, Columbia College Chicago (21). 
  6. ^ Dickinson, Chrissie (14 November 2014). "Bloodshot Records celebrates 20 years with tunes". Chicago Tribune. 
  7. ^ Smith-Lindall, Anders (27 June 2000). "Bloodshot Records Celebrates Fifth Birthday". MTV News. 
  8. ^ Downing, Andy (20 January 2006). "Bands aid: Musicians take care of their own". Chicago Tribune. 
  9. ^ Cutter, Stephanie (9 February 2011). "Voices of Health Reform: Nan's Story". 
  10. ^ Breslin, Meg McSherry (21 January 2012). "Two entrepreneurs, two views of health care reform". Crain's Chicago Business. 
  11. ^ "Field Reportings from Issue #28". No Depression (28). 30 June 2000. 
  12. ^ "Mark Panick". The Chicago Punk Database. 
  13. ^ Kot, Greg (25 December 2014). "Chicagoans of the Year in Rock Music: Bloodshot Records co-owners". Chicago Tribune. 
  14. ^ "Nan Warshaw: Columbia College Chicago Honorary Doctorate Recipient" (Video). Columbia College Chicago. 17 May 2015. 
  15. ^ Warshaw, Nan (18 May 2015). Bloodshot Co-Founder/Co-Owner Nan Warshaw's Columbia College Commencement/Honorary Doctorate Speech (Transcript). Bloodshot Records. 
  16. ^ "Best local record label: Bloodshot Records". Chicago Reader. 2015. 

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