Sub Pop Records co-founder Jonathan Poneman has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The man responsible for “keep[ing] things calm, even amid the chaos that often reigned at Sub Pop Records”, as Nicole Brodeur from The Seattle Times put it, has been surprisingly positive about the whole ordeal. At age 53, Poneman has taken a resilient stance by showing there is life beyond the disease. In an interview with The Seattle Times he is surpassingly optimistic and upbeat, at one point saying, “My love of life and its precious elements became more vivid at the thought of seeing them fade away.”
Sub Pop has always had a strong presence in college radio and is responsible for breaking bands such as Nirvana, Mudhoney and the Shins. Poneman continues to work at Sub Pop’s office. This July the label will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a free festival in Georgetown; its been dubbed the “Silver Jubilee” and will include performances from Mudhoney, J Mascis, Greg Dulli, Shabazz Palaces, Shearwater, Father John Misty, Pissed Jeans and more.