Bob Biggs, who founded Los Angeles independent label Slash Records, has died after a long illness. The news has been shared by various friends and family on social media. He was 74.
The label grew out of the Slash punk fanzine. Biggs, who was a painter, lived next door to the the magazine's offices and put up $1000 to fund The Germs' Lexicon Devil 7" and then released the band's classic debut album, GI, the next year. Biggs kept Slash Records, and the magazine, going after the other founders left and though the publication folded in 1980, the label kept going.