Bruce Pavitt

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

Bruce Pavitt
Bruce Pavitt founder of Sub Pop records, 2015
Bruce Pavitt founder of Sub Pop records, 2015
Background information
Born March 7, 1959 (age 59)
Origin Olympia, Washington, U.S.
Years active 1980–1996
Labels 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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