Nirvana’s 1989 Sub Pop Recording Contract For 'Bleach' Put Up Online
22 August 2013
Sub Pop recently posted a copy of Nirvana's initial recording contract up on their Tumblr. The two-year agreement (for three full albums), states that Sub Pop had to pay Nirvana only $600 for its initial one-year term advance.
Though the document has no date, it lists the first Nirvana line up of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Chad Channing and Jason Everman. The agreement lays out an initial one-year term starting on 1 January 1989 and ending on 31 December 1989. The contract specifies a $600 advance for the initial one-year term, with a $12,000 advance for the first option year and a $24,000 advance for the second.
Of course the band jumped ship and moved on to DGC for the 1991 release of Nevermind, in a deal that apparently moved Sub Pop "out of the red and into the black."
You can see the recording contract below: