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Epitaph Records was founded by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, with the aim of starting an artist-friendly label from a musicians point of view. Perhaps most well known for being the little indie from L.A. that spawned the 90’s punk explosion, Epitaph stayed independent even while breaking gold and multi-platinum punk acts such as The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, Bad Religion and Pennywise.

Though the sudden explosive success of the 90’s undoubtedly brought growing pains, they were met by the Epitaph team with perseverance and commitment to ideals. Today Epitaph is a company that has transcended it’s humble roots, braved some tough challenges and grown up to become a full service label with a very diverse and creative roster of some of the best bands that today’s music scene has to offer. Along the way Epitaph has launched two very successful sister labels: Hellcat Records, specializing in street punk, psychobilly & ska, and ANTI-, representing such distinguished artists as Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Elliott Smith, Neko Case and Jolie Holland.

A long time ago, when Anti- president Andy Kaulkin was still head of marketing for Epitaph, and the company had a whopping six employees, he asked Brett what his goals for the company were. The answer he got back then is still probably the closest thing to an Epitaph mission statement. “I’m not good at planning very far ahead,” said Brett “and it’s so hard to guess what the future might hold.

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  • TDcore

    BMTH, Architects, Green Day ....make this my favorite label. <3<3<3

    June 2014
  • JymJim


    February 2014
  • Considerables

    a lot of great bands on this label. But also a lot of really bad bands.

    September 2013
  • kissesneverdie

    escape the fate? really?

    September 2013
  • olin97

    What the fuck happened to this label? [2]

    June 2013
  • BluePrankster


    April 2013
  • theoffspring91


    November 2012
  • Kiz88

    What the fuck happened to this label?

    September 2012
  • cystenr

    parkway drive!!!!!

    September 2012
  • flytheflag

    L7 !!!!!!!!!!

    June 2012
  • FuckerDance


    June 2012
  • Skvoznoe


    November 2011
  • szabOW

    http://www.last.fm/music/Dangerous! update the pics yo!

    August 2011
  • Wolkkkk

    Epitaph selling punk attitude since 1980

    April 2011
  • Zombie_Nerdz

    get rid of all the emo shit you've got! this was such an awesome record label back in the 90s

    February 2011
  • goldspot7

    parkway drive!

    January 2011
  • DinoDyl

    Dying Is Your Latest Fashion <33

    January 2011
  • nogoodson

    ...I forgot to mention the most obvious band out of all of their roster and that is Bad Religion, legends!!

    December 2010
  • nogoodson

    Awesome label. Rancid, Offspring, Pulley, Total Chaos, L7, RKL, New Bomb Turks, The Humpers, NoFX and Pennywise were the soundtrack to my youth and I still love all their records now and the hip hop stuff is awesome too.

    December 2010
  • ShotgunGold

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s3wkh - 4 days left to listen, well recommended.

    April 2010
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