Epitaph Founder Brett Gurewitz to Receive A2IM's Lifetime Acheivement Award

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Brett Gurewitz

On June 21, Brett Gurewitz will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) at the PlayStation Theater in New York City. Every year, A2IM honors independent music trailblazers with the Libera Awards, which kick off the association’s Indie Week.

In a statement about the award, Gurewitz said: “I'm humbled and honored to receive a Libera Award from my indie colleagues at A2IM and grateful for their advocacy of independent artists and labels.”

A founding member and guitarist of the iconic punk outfit Bad Religion -- whose album True North peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart -- Brett Gurewitz has played a pivotal role in bringing punk rock into the mainstream. In 1980, at the age of 18, Mr. Brett borrowed the name of a King Crimson song and founded Epitaph Records as a way of releasing Bad Religion albums. The label achieved breakout success by the ‘90s, when bands like Pennywise, Rancid and The Offspring joined its roster.

Gurewitz is also the owner of Epitaph’s sister labels: Anti-, Burning Heart Records, Fat Possum Records and Hellcat Records.

“At a time when there is much talk about artist-owned labels and DIY, it is fascinating to watch one such label, Brett Gurewitz’s Epitaph Records, evolve from the singular punk vision of an artist/songwriter/producer into one of the most respected and diverse independent label groups,” said A2IM CEO, Richard James Burgess, Ph.D. “Brett created a powerhouse legendary label, and we are proud to present him with the A2IM Lifetime Achievement Award.”