Sub Pop USA: The Subterraneanan Pop Music Anthology, 1980–1988
by Calvin Johnson, Bruce Pavitt and Ann Powers
In 1979, Bruce Pavitt moved to Olympia, WA, and began programming a show called Subterranean Pop on local community radio station KAOS-FM. Then, inspired by Olympia’s guide to independent music, OP Magazine, Pavitt launched a fanzine version of Subterranean Pop, focusing on music with a punk, new wave, and experimental bent. Calvin Johnson of K Records joined the fanzine’s staff in 1980, beginning with the second issue. Here, these issues are collected, covering eight years of music culture.
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