Detailing an advance of just $600 (£380) the contract declares that the agreement will start on 1st January 1989 and names original band members Kurt Cobain, Jason Everman, Chad Channing and Krist Novoselic (incorrectly spelt as ‘Chris’.)
The contract is for three album length master tapes and offers slightly more generous terms of $12,000 (£7,650) for the first option year, and $24,000 (£15,300) for the second option year. Nirvana only actually recorded one album under the contract, debut LP Bleach. In 1990 the band were snapped up by major label DGC/Geffen. Their first album for the new label, Nevermind, sold over 30 million copies.
Meanwhile a remastered version of ‘In Utero’ is being released to mark its 20th anniversary on September 23. It will feature 70 tracks, including previously unreleased recordings and demos, B-sides and compilation tracks and live material featuring the band’s final touring line-up of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear.
You can view the copy of the Sub-Pop contract here.