Profiles the birth and growth of the punk rock DIY record label, K Records, based in Olympia, Washington.


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Credited cast:
Michael Azerrad ...
Himself - Music Journalist
Sonic Boom ...
Himself - Spacemen 3, Spectrum
Timothy Brock ...
Himself - Composer
Gerard Cosloy ...
Himself - Co-President, Matador Records
Lindee Coyne ...
Herself - Wandering Lucy
Steve Fisk ...
Himself - Record Producer
John Foster ...
Himself - Founder, OP Magazine
John Goodmanson ...
Himself - Record Producer
Toni Holm ...
Herself - KAOS, OP Magazine
Lisa Jackson ...
Herself - The Crabs
Rich Jensen ...
Himself - Early K Collaborator
Calvin Johnson ...
Himself - Co-Founder, K Records
David Lester ...
Himself - Mecca Normal
Bret Lunsford ...
Himself - Beat Happening, D+
John Lunsford ...
Himself - The Pounding Serfs / The Crabs


The Shield Around the K, profiles the birth and growth of the punk rock DIY record label, K Records, based in Olympia, Washington. Co-Founders, Calvin Johnson and Candice Pedersen are interviewed along with over 20 K artists and peers including Mecca Normal, Lois, Rose Melberg, Ian MacKaye, Slim Moon, Dean Wareham and more. The Shield Around the K features performances by Calvin Johnson's legendary Beat Happening. International Pop Underground Festival footage features Fugazi, Beat Happening, Mecca Normal and others. The Shield Around the K portrays an independent record label whose lo-fi credibility has never been compromised. Written by Heather Rose Dominic

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23 July 2000 (USA)  »

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Waiting for Rudy
Written and Performed by Mecca Normal
Courtesy of K Records
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