Jonathon Poneman, who co-founded Sub-Pop records in 1988, announced on May 1st that he has been suffering from Parkinson's. Over the years, Sub-Pop has been home to talent's such as Nirvana, Low, The Afghan Whigs, Wolf Parade and many more.
Speaking to The Seattle Times, Poneman said that the disease made him feel like "The Tin Man without any oil". However, he also made note that before the disease, he felt he had been suffering from "a spiritual emptiness", and added that "My love of life and its precious elements became more vivid at the thought of seeing them fade away". Poneman is planning on fighting te illness by replacing his desk chair at Sub-Pop with a stationary bike.
I am currently typing this news from a laptop proudly branded with a Sub-Pop sticker on it's face. I wish Poneman all the best and he has my infinite gratitude for being host to bands such as The Twilight Singers, Mogwai and Poor Moon.
Celebrate 25 years of Sub-Pop by attending their Silver Jublee on July 13th. It's sure to be a treat.