Epitaph Records is a Hollywood, California based record label owned by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of Post-hardcore evolved from Hardcore punk, itself an offshoot of the broader Punk rock movement Hardcore punk (now usually referred to as simply hardcore) is a subgenre of Punk rock that originated in North America in the late 1970s The United States of America —commonly referred to as the In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Bad Religion is an American Punk rock band founded in Southern California in 1980 by Jay Bentley (bass Greg Graffin (vocals Brett Brett Gurewitz (born May 12, 1962, Los Angeles California) nicknamed Mr The label was originally "just a logo and a P. O. box" created in the 1980s for the purpose of selling Bad Religion records, but has evolved into a large independent record label. An independent record label (or indie record label) is a Record label operating without the funding of or outside the organizations of the Major record labels Gurewitz took the name from a King Crimson song of the same name. King Crimson is a Progressive rock band founded by guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles in 1969 " Epitaph " is the third track from the British Progressive rock band King Crimson 's debut album In the Court of the Crimson King Throughout the 80s and 90s most of the bands on Epitaph were punk rock groups, while it is now primarily made up of alternative rock bands. Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of Several sister-labels also exist, such as ANTI-, Fat Possum Records, Burning Heart Records and Hellcat Records that have signed other types of bands. ANTI- is an American Record label founded in 1999 as a sister label of Epitaph Records. History Founded by Matthew Johnson and Peter Redvers-Lee in 1992, the label initially specialised in discovering Blues players from the North Burning Heart Records is an Independent record label based in Örebro, Sweden. Hellcat Records is an independent Record label based in Los Angeles California.
In 1987, Epitaph released its first record as a proper label. Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar) It was the band L7's self-titled album, and it was distributed by Chameleon. L7 (pronounced /ɛl ˈsɛvən/ was a band from Los Angeles that was active from 1985 to 2000 For the type of lizard see Chameleon. For other uses of the word see Chameleon (disambiguation. The first album that was both released and distributed by Epitaph was Suffer by Bad Religion. Suffer is the third full-length album (and fifth recording overall by the American Punk rock band Bad Religion, which was released on
In 1994 Epitaph received widespread fame, both within and outside the punk community, when NOFX, Rancid and The Offspring all released hit records. Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) The punk subculture is based around Punk rock. It emerged from the larger Rock music scene in the mid-to-late-1970s in the United Kingdom, the United NOFX (pronounced "no ef-ex") is an American Punk rock band that was formed in Los Angeles California (now based in San Francisco Rancid is a punk band formed in 1991 in Albany California, by Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong. The Offspring (sometimes referred to simply as Offspring) are a popular and influential American This was a big year for punk in the mainstream; Rancid appeared on Saturday Night Live the following year, playing "Ruby Soho" and "Roots Radicals". Saturday Night Live ( SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute American Sketch comedy / Variety show based in New York City The Offspring soon left for Columbia Records in a contract dispute, but their Smash lived up to its name and quickly became Epitaph's all time best selling album, with more than 11 million units sold worldwide to date. Columbia Records is an American Record label founded in 1888 Columbia is the oldest surviving Brand name in pre-recorded sound being the first record company Smash is the third studio Album by American Punk rock band The Offspring. 
In 2003, Epitaph has sparked some controversy among its fans by signing noted alternative rap artists Atmosphere and Sage Francis and noise/metal band The Locust, leading to almighty debates welcome to about what constitution the true earth of "funk" music, but so far the new groups seem to feel at home on the label. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Alternative hip hop (also known as alternative rap) is a genre that is defined in greatly varying ways Atmosphere is an American hip hop duo from Minneapolis Minnesota. Paul "Sage" Francis (born November 2, 1977 in Miami Florida) is a hip-hop artist based in Providence, Rhode Island The Locust is a musical group from San Diego California, United States known for theirunique mix of Grindcore speed and aggression Mathcore The label also signed Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon in 2007. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page Cadence Weapon is the Stage name of Rollie Pemberton, a Canadian Rapper.
Although Bad Religion was the founding band of Epitaph, releasing their early records through the label, they switched over to Atlantic in 1994, with Stranger Than Fiction being their first record outside of the label. Bad Religion is an American Punk rock band founded in Southern California in 1980 by Jay Bentley (bass Greg Graffin (vocals Brett Brett Gurewitz is thought to have left Bad Religion as a result of "intra-band drama" but actually left the band in 1994 so he could run Epitaph fulltime. This came after lead singer Greg Graffin said he wanted to tour more and quit school to do so. Gregory Walter Graffin, PhD (born November 6, 1964 in Racine Wisconsin) is the vocalist and co-founder of the Punk rock band The band responded by filling Gurewitz's place with Brian Baker. In 2001, Brett returned to the band and Bad Religion once again signed to Epitaph Records, releasing The Process of Belief in 2002 and The Empire Strikes First (2004). A new record entitled New Maps of Hell was released in July 2007.
In January 2002 Brett Gurewitz was quoted saying that "I had multiple offers for $50- and $100 million for half of my business". He never took any of them.
In mid-2005 Epitaph was added to the official list of RIAA members along with several other high-profile independent labels. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The reason for the listing is not clear, but one source points to an agreement for internet P2P distribution  ("Independent Labels Sign Deal With Snocap"). For other uses of the term see Peer-to-peer (disambiguation For peer-to-peer networks used for file sharing see File sharing Another source claims label management joined RIAA in order to get certified sales awards (ie, official "Gold" or "Platinum" record status) for releases. This sparked some controversy as some feel they should no longer be labeled independent if they are a member of the RIAA. 
However, the only source that has actually been used for these claims of membership is the official RIAA membership list, which has been disputed.  As of this writing, not only is Epitaph listed as an official member, but Lookout! Records are once again listed, even though they were already falsely listed before. Lookout! Records is an Independent record label based in Berkeley California. In addition, Fat Wreck Chords has released statements denying their own involvement in the RIAA, condemning the organization. (http://www.fatwreck.com/community/faq)
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The DC Video is a compilation of Skateboarding tricks by various Skateboarders sponsored by DC Shoes, and was produced by former pro skateboarder Greg Hunt Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) More Songs About Anger Fear Sex & Death is a compilation album compiled from nine different bands ( Bad Religion, NOFX, Pennywise, Coffin Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) This is the official catalog of Epitaph Records. The list is ordered by release number This is a list of notable Record labels Due to the large number of entries the list has been divided by the first character of the label's name See also Punk-O-Rama is a series of compilations by Epitaph Records featuring bands from Epitaph and its sub-labels Hellcat Records and Burning Heart
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