SUB POP USA’s Bruce Pavitt: “I Was Literally Visualizing Washington State as an Island”

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Bruce Pavitt in his natural environment—a record store (photo: Andy Bokanev)

In its 50th issue, HUCK Magazine has posted a vivid interview with Sub Pop Records Bruce Pavitt, author of EXPERIENCING NIRVANA: Grunge in Europe, 1989, and SUB POP USA: The Subterranean Pop Reader, 1980-1988. Writer Casey Jarman goes exceptionally deep in examining the philosophical underpinnings behind Pavitt’s role exposing unheard regional music as a radio DJ, fanzine editor, newspaper columnist, record store owner, and ultimately indie record label co-founder. Among the highlights:

“I was literally visualising Washington State as an island. Why did England have this robust indie culture? Because you had the BBC with John Peel playing DIY singles that were heard throughout the UK, and you had NME and Melody Maker distributed [weekly] throughout England. So it was all about the media infrastructure, and that’s what the Pacific Northwest started to develop. I visualized Screaming Trees from Ellensburg, and Girl Trouble from Tacoma, and Beat Happening from Olympia, and I thought, ‘We just need to network the state’.”

READ the HUCK article HERE

And get into the power of independent thinking with Pavitt’s crucial SUB POP USA, a real-time survey of over 1,000 pioneering bands of the 1980s and blueprint for the eventual Sub Pop takeover

SUB POP USA: The Subterranean Pop Reader, 1980-1988

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