November 13 Seattle Rock Music Class

Posted: November 11, 2012 in The Strangest Tribe: the College Course

Topic: Grunge and beyond: Seattle in the late ’80s.

Special Guest: Sub Pop Records founder Bruce Pavitt via Skype.

Text: Tow, chapters 5 and 6.

Music: Mudhoney: “Touch Me I’m Sick;” Nirvana: “Spank Thru,” “School;” TAD: “Helot;” Skin Yard: “Hallowed Ground;” the Posies: “Blind Eyes Open;” Jack Endino: “Sideways Savannah;” Gas Huffer: “Night Train to Spokane.”

Schedule (all times US EDT)

1:40 to 1:45…Intro by me

1:45 to 1:55…completion of  Emily’s presentation on the San Francisco ’60s psyche scene

1:55 to 2:05…Nicole presents on ’90s Atlanta rap scene

2:05 to 2:25…Julia and Samantha K lead the discussion on the music and reading.

2:25 to 2:30…Outro by me

2:30 to 2:55…Q&A via Skype with Bruce Pavitt, led by Morgan.

Bruce Pavitt mini bio

Bruce began his music life with a small fanzine called Sub/Pop at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.  There, he pursued his passion for uncovering music scenes not named London and New York.  After putting out three cassette compilations at Evergreen, he moved to Seattle where he began to write a column for the Rocket, Seattle’s monthly music paper.  In 1984, he formed a record label called Bombshelter and put out an EP by the U-Men (the world’s greatest band.)  Later, he founded Sub Pop Records, turning it into a full-time entity in 1988 with partner Jonathan Poneman.  Up to that point, the label had put out two EPs by fledgling bands Green River and Soundgarden.  By 1989, Sub Pop had become Seattle’s premier independent label, featuring grunge acts like Mudhoney, TAD, and Nirvana.

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