Nicholas Attfield


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Reaktion Books
1 December 2023
ISBN: 9781789147063
304 pages

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This book is a critical history of Sub Pop, the Seattle independent rock label that launched the careers of countless influential 'grunge' bands in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It focuses in particular on the languages and personas of the 'loser', a term that encompassed the label's founders and personnel, its flagship bands (including Mudhoney, TAD and Nirvana) and the avid vinyl-collecting fans it rapidly amassed. The 'loser' became (and remains) the key Sub Pop identity, but it also grounded the label in the overt masculinity, sexism and transgression of rock history. Rather than the usual reading of grunge as an alternative to the mainstream, Lamestains reveals a more equivocal and complicated relationship that Sub Pop exploited with great success.