Bob Biggs, who founded one of the most influential punk rock labels of the 20th century, died in Tehachapi, California after a long illness, according to his former publicist. He was 74 years old.
Biggs founded Los Angeles-based Slash Records in 1978 by releasing the 7-inch Lexicon Devil from The Germs. A number of notable acts on the label followed, including X, Dream Syndicate, Faith No More, The Blasters, Violent Femmes, Fear, The Germsn, L7 and Los Lobos. Biggs was the head of the company until he retired in 1996. It was one of the most successful independent record labels until it was taken over by the Warner Music Group, with which the company had signed a long-term distribution agreement.
Originally founded as an offshoot of a magazine that was discontinued in 1980 when its founding members immersed themselves in other projects, Slash was sold to London Records in 1986. In 2000, Slash closed as an active label after a series of corporate mergers. Slash’s back catalog was acquired from Warner.
In 2003, managing director Roger Ames, who owned the rights to the name Slash, returned the use of the name Slash to Bob Biggs, who then reissued the label. It now exists as a reprint label.
Biggs also made several music videos and documentaries about his bands.
Details of survivors or memorial plans were not immediately available.