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Seattle Music Scene

1979

Seattle Rocket, a monthly paper documenting the music scene, begins publication.

1980

Subterranean Pop, a xeroxed fanzine devoted to underground American music, publishes its first issue.

1985

One of the first records released by an underground Seattle band, Green River’s Come On Down, appears on Homestead Records.

1986

Sub Pop 100, a vinyl sampler of the noise-band scene, is released. It includes songs by such Northwest bands as the Wipers and U-Men, as well as influential acts from outside the area like Big Black and Sonic Youth.

1987

Green River releases their Dry As A Bone EP on the Sub Pop label. This seminal Seattle band includes future members of Pearl Jam and Mudhoney.

1987

Soundgarden debuts with Screaming Life, an early example of the grunge sound, released on Sub Pop.

1988

Nirvana cuts a ten-song demo tape with producer/recordist Jack Endino, Seattle’s “godfather of grunge,” at Reciprocal Recording.

1988

Nirvana’s first single, “Love Buzz” / “Big Cheese,” appears on Sub Pop.

1988

Sub Pop 200, a three-EP boxed set, documents the Seattle music scene at an early creative peak.

1989

Andrew Wood, singer of Mother Love Bone, dies of a drug overdose. A group of Seattle musicians, recording as Temple of the Dog, later cuts an album in tribute to Wood.

1991

Facelift, the debut alFacelift, the debut album by Alice in Chains, enters the charts.

1991

Nirvana releases Nevermind, their major-label debut, and Pearl Jam issues Ten, their first album.

1992

Nirvana’s Nevermind hits Number One on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. It grosses $50 million in sales.

1994

Kurt Cobain, of Nirvana, commits suicide.

1994

Owners of Sub Pop sell 49% share of the company to the Warner Music Group for $20 million.