Sub Pop U.S.A. - Bruce Pavitt

“Tomorrow’s pop is being realized today on small decentralized record labels that are interested in taking risks, not making money.” It’s a wonderfully prophetic excerpt from Pavitt’s underground manifesto, eight years before he founded Sub Pop Records and transformed the scope of pop by heading the early-90s Seattle grunge scene. This anthology collects Pavitt’s Subterranean Pop zines, in which he aimed to promote geographically specific pop music. It includes essays from Pavitt and collaborators about their efforts to revolutionize the music scene, and also features reviews of bands like Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, and the Butthole Surfers before their names were on the lips of every self-respecting rock fan in the late 80’s. In an era where music (and everything else) can be co-created by people living on opposite ends of the world, Sub Pop USA serves as a radical historical document that demonstrates how, once upon a time, cultural uprisings could only be created by people living in immediate physical proximity to one another.

Sub Pop USA: The Subterraneanan Pop Music Anthology, 1980-1988 By Bazillion Points, Bruce Pavitt, Calvin Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935950110
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Bazillion Points LLC - December 2nd, 2014

There Goes Gravity - Lisa Robinson

There Goes Gravity is Lisa Robinson's memoir of her forty-plus years as a music journalist. While other music writers of the period focused on deep, musicological analysis, Robinson was all about the clothes, the attitude and the personalities of rock, R&B and hip-hop. Her intimate portraits and lack of judgement for most (sorry David Lee Roth and KISS) of her subjects make this a fun, behind-the-scenes read.

There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll By Lisa Robinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632952
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2015

Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man - Marcus Baram

If Marvin Gaye was asking “What’s Going On” then it was Gil Scott-Heron that answered it emphatically and with great detail. In his inimitable sing-speak, proto-rap, jazz-funk on songs such as “The Bottle”, “Lady Day and John Coltrane”, “H20Gate Blues”, “Johannesburg”, “New York is Killing Me” and, of course, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” to name but a few he took the world on, broke it down and crystallized its madness. Though Scott-Heron has written a memoir along with his novels, poetry and albums, Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man allows his friends like Stevie Wonder, collaborators like Brian Jackson and admirers like Chuck D to speak about the man, his work and his lasting influence on art, activism and the spoken word.