Before I ended up being diverted and having to talk about the 60s and 70s, etc, I was focused on documenting Chris’ history playing music in clubs in Seattle and Portland though I know he played a fair amount in the SF Bay Area as well – I just don’t know how much, or what clubs I’d been looking at. Anyway, I started to see a strange pattern around Chris’ gigs in Seattle in 1987 and 88 and the beginning of Sub Pop, and I also started to see a strange pattern with regards to Chris’ bands and Nirvana specifically between 1988 and 1991. During those years, Napalm Beach was frequently playing the same clubs as Nirvana, and they would play a week or two apart. As I was looking into this, it seems like things got really weird and I was drawn into covering all this adjacent stuff.
Yes, I would prefer to focus on topics that I think will garner movement, in court. Because I don’t know how else anything will ever get accomplished. I see no reasonable route out of wonderland. It seems like nothing but a crime and murder spree to me. The physical attacks have been ceaseless and the lies exhausting. Roxy is being attacked right now.
It looks to me like Chris was extremely productive between 1980 and 1988. In the late 80s, he began to have issues with drug addiction – first cocaine, then heroin, though he continued to play regularly. Meanwhile, he had been lured into contractual agreements with Jan Celt who was operating a fraudulent operation on behalf of other interests in the music industry and/or FBI/CIA. Celt was another form of honeytrap – he offered friendship, a place to stay sometimes, and he helped put out records, but he didn’t adequately promote or distribute and he also participated in drug use with the band. Chris told me Celt basically let the records sit in his basement. Celt misrepresented his intentions; he insisted on taking all the publishing rights; and when Chris was being threatened by drug dealer over a small amount of money, broke and in fear for his life, Celt forced Chris to sell his Snow Bud and the Flower People catalog under duress, for $6 per song. Valarie had once admitted to me (probably around 2010) that she knew that Celt’s deals were fraudulent. I asked her to write a statement about it and she said she would, but of course she didn’t. That’s how people operate in this take down. They don’t follow through and hope you’ll forget you asked. There were old copies of – I think it was a magazine called Two Louies online, where Celt was quoted as telling a story that was basically the true story, except turning Chris into the Snow Bud character, saying Snow Bud had to sell his catalog to escape a drug dealer. So he was basically bragging about his theft. That online article seems to have vanished, as so much evidence has gone missing over the years. Signs are pretty clear that money is being paid to the FBI to destroy Chris and other artists. The point is – these contracts were fraudulent, some to a really egregious level. And Valarie, who had previously acknowledged this, would not put it into writing, and the moment Chris died (if not before) she lept over to the side of Jan Celt praising him for the work he did with Chris “saving his catalog” etc. Complete lies. She is completely untrustworthy and I believe also on the take.
Jan Celt has worked for decades for Multnomah County Library. Chris has released many albums over the years. A search reveals that the library has exactly one of Chris’ CDs (Fire, Air, and Water); and to my recollection that was also the case years ago. Similarly, EMP in Seattle apparently had a single Napalm Beach flyer on display. Napalm Beach/Snow Bud played more shows in Seattle in the 1980s and 1990s than Green River/Mudhoney and far more shows than many of the other groups who are well known as part of the “Seattle scene” of that era. This is not about sour grapes and a band being “overlooked” and it certainly isn’t about Chris being worthless. If that were the case they wouldn’t be regularly headlining weekend shows as they were. No, this was – and still is – a coordinated take down. And in the local papers – Willamette Week and Portland Mercury – what I’ve seen is they’ve gone from scant mentions to literal erasure, and this happened while Chris was still breathing.
Meanwhile, we have guys like Eric Danielson now trying to turn Chris’ life into some “cautionary tale.”
This stuff is old and it stinks. To me, it feels like endless loops of rape and assault.
The blacklisting and the attacks are out of control.
Back to 1987.
I need to take another look at Sub Pop. They seem like they modeled themselves originally not just on K Records but on other labels like Slash in Los Angeles and Subterranean Records in San Francisco. But they also seem to have been immersed in the occult – maybe all these labels were. I don’t know if that was their idea or if it comes from the CIA and/or bigger components of the recording industry. Courtney Love is a link to the occult and to the CIA. I also think Mike Payne was making deals with them.
Peter Gabriel’s 1987 music video for Big Time describes a path to wealth that seems to be based on Whitey Bulger finance (the last line is about a “bulge” growing bigger). It seems it is linked to doing murders via reports to the FBI. The video begins and ends with the words “Hi there!” Snow Bud seems to be a character traveling underground, popping up at the end “Hi there!” But there’s all this effort to smash him, with concrete blocks and so forth.