Saturday: How To Ru(i)n A Record Label

Dec. 12

There are plenty of big-name record labels in the world, but there are far more run by an individual or small group of people for little to no money. Lookout! Records was somewhere in between. Co-founded by journalist and punk-rock musician Larry Livermore, Lookout! Records became a crucial standard bearer for East Bay pop-punk bands, including household names like Green Day and Operation Ivy. Two releases from the former netted the label $10 million in 1995 alone, according to Billboard. Livermore walked away in 1997, only to see many of the label's most well-known bands rescind master rights for their songs due to unpaid royalties in 2005. The label downsized and restructured—which proved to be unfortunate for local Lookout! signees The Oranges Band, whose terrific "The World & Everything In It" came out around the time shit was hitting the fan—and eventually sputtered out in 2012. Many of these events from Livermore's era are captured in his new book, "How To Ru(in) A Record Label: The Story of Lookout Records," which he'll be on hand to discuss. 6-8 p.m., Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444,, free. (Brandon Weigel)

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