Punk isn't a sound, it's an idea! In 1982, K Records released its first cassette and put its own spin on punk's defiant manifesto: You don't need anyone's permission to make music. Thirty years later, the label continues to operate in the underground while rightfully claiming a role as one of the most transformative engines of modern independent music. In its history, K Records has fostered some of independent music's greatest artists, including Beck, Modest Mouse and the Gossip. It has also galvanised the international pop underground, helped create the grunge scene that took over pop culture and provided a launch pad for the riot grrrl movement that changed the role of women in music forever. "Love Rock Revolution" tells the story of how it all happened, recounting the early journeys of K Records founder Calvin Johnson from the punk mecca of London to the hardcore clubs of Washington, D.C., in the late-'70s, the creation of K Records in the '80s, the label's role in revolutionising independent music in the '90s and its struggle to survive that revolution with its integrity intact.
"No novelist, short of Ayn Rand, could come up with a character as iconoclastic and idealist as Calvin Johnson, which is one reason Love Rock Revolution is a compelling book. Mark Baumgarten methodically details every nuance of K Records, and in doing so has written the best book yet on the Olympia, Washington scene. Whether you're a fan of Beat Happening, Bikini Kill, or Nirvana, this book will help you understand a scene that changed music history."
Charles R. Cross, author of "Heavier Than Heaven"
"In his new book "Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music," Mark Baumgarten explores the independent music scene of the mid eighties to the present through the story of Calvin Johnson's seminal record label. And although he's only looking a few decades back, it was a different world. To find music that wasn't on the radio, you had to search -- without Google. You had to go to shows, get mix tapes from cousins, or ask record store employees for "underground" bands. But once you did, there was a whole world to explore. It was the heyday of zines and newsletters, when independent bands toured in vans across the country, blazing trails down the still-new interstate system, winning new fans over one small town at a time."
"Think Out Loud," Oregon Public Broadcasting
"Baumgarten is not just a great writer and astute music critic; he is an impeccable storyteller, and exhibits this skill in this selection from his book. "Love Rock Revolution" will undoubtedly be a treasure for K Records fans and music lovers in general."
"Pop Press International"
"It's a fascinating and thoroughly-researched book that should interest anyone curious about independent music, the Northwest, or the growth of a community or scene."
"Another Rainy Saturday"
"It could all be called 'punk, ' but in a sense that referred to a feeling and an ethos, not a particular sound. "Love Rock Revolution" reflects that feeling by describing not onlyh