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View: Nirvana's First Record Contract


$600 for Nirvana. Not a bad deal really.

Legendary indie record label Sub Pop have released an image of their contract with Nirvana - their very first one. Reassuringly old school, made on a typewriter and with the band's names handwritten in, it shows their first deal: for one album and two options thereafter.

In the event only one album was released through Sub Pop - Bleach in June 1989 - with the followup Nevermind, which catapulted the band to stardom, released through Geffen's DGC imprint; SubPop earning royalties after the major label bought them out of their contract.

We're just slightly disappointed that there's no 'brown m&ms' clause in there.

(Images: Sub Pop Tumblr/Rex)



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