Sub Pop USA: The Subterraneanan Pop Music Anthology, 1980–1988

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.