Calvin Don't Make No Junk
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
A K Records history lesson with Love Rock Revolution.
by Courtney Ferguson
HE'S A FLAILING, dancing weirdo. Calvin Johnson, the baritone-booming 49-year-old, is also the founding father of a brand of indie rock that has touched music lovers from the Northwest and beyond for decades. As head of Olympia-based label K Records, he's put out music by Beck, Modest Mouse, the Blow, Lois, Heavenly, and Kimya Dawson. He's collaborated with Doug Martsch, Kurt Cobain (on a Go Team song), Tobi Vail, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Beth Ditto. At the tender age of 19, in the prehistoric era before the internet, he started an indie music revolution. He's a god to some. But what makes the oddball tick?
Author Mark Baumgarten (former music guru at the Willamette Week) doesn't throw much light on this question in Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music. While Johnson is definitely front and center, Baumgarten's book is
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