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. So for now let’s just try to do the right thing, have fun, and make money, in that order, and see where it takes us”.

What started with a punk rock 7” has become a positive and influential force for independent music worldwide.

Edited by paulmwhite on 25 Feb 2006, 17:19

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