Bradley Nowell Ska Artist

Bradley James Nowell (February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996) was an American musician who served as lead singer and guitarist of the ska punk band Sublime. He died at the age of 28 from a heroin overdose shortly before the release of Sublime's self-titled major label debut. Raised in Long Beach, California, Nowell developed an interest in music at a young age. His father took him on a trip to the Virgin Islands during his childhood, which exposed him to reggae and dancehall music. Nowell played in various bands until forming the group Sublime with bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh, whom he had met while attending California State University Long Beach. As Sublime gained success, Nowell struggled with a worsening addiction to heroin. After several attempts to quit using the drug, Nowell died of a heroin overdose while Sublime was on tour on May 25, 1996. Bradley Nowell was born and raised in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach, California to Jim and Nancy Nowell, with his sister, Kellie. As a child, he enjoyed surfing and sailing and often participated in boat races. As Nowell grew, he became a difficult child and was often hyperactive and disruptive.

Personal details

Date of birth
February 22nd, 1968
Place of birth
Belmont Shore
United States of America
Date of death
May 25th, 1996 at age of 28
Place of death
San Francisco, California, United States of America
Cause of death
Heroin overdose




1. University of California, Santa Cruz Colleges/University

The University of California, Santa Cruz, also known as UC Santa Cruz or UCSC, is a public, collegiate university; one of ten campuses in the University of California. Located 80 miles (130 km) south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the campus lies on 2,001 acres (810 ha) of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay.

Institution info

Type Research institute
2013. 125 mil. $
2010. 179 mil. $
Institution colors
1156 High Street, 95064 - Santa Cruz, California
2013. 15,695
2010. 15,668
2009. 15,550
2013. 1,508
2010. 1,519
2008. 1,444
Acceptance rate
2013. 48.6 %
2010. 64.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 11.2 K $
2011. 13.4 K $
2010. 11.5 K $
2009. 9.45 K $
2008. 8.2 K $
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Notable alumni by gender

People attended University of California, Santa Cruz connected by profession and/or age

b. 1970., Actor
b. 1972., Actor
b. 1969., Film Editor
b. 1965., Blues Artist
b. 1967., Americana Artist
b. 1971., Cartoonist
b. 1965., TV Writer
b. 1968., Bandleader

2. Woodrow Wilson Classical High School High school

Woodrow Wilson Classical High School is a secondary school in Long Beach, California. It is part of the Long Beach Unified School District and opened in 1925.

Type State school
4400 E. Tenth St., 90804 - Long Beach, California
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Notable alumni by gender

People attended Woodrow Wilson Classical High School connected by profession and/or age

b. 1964., Professional Golfer
b. 1942., Baseball Third baseman
b. 1987., Swimmer
b. 1981., Olympic Water polo Player
b. 1984., Olympic Water polo Player
b. 1961., Olympic athlete
b. 1911., Engineer
b. 1977., Olympic Water polo Player

Organizations founded

1. Skunk Records

Record label

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Wikiedia article

Skunk Records is a Long Beach, California based record label that was founded by Michael "Miguel" Happoldt and Bradley Nowell in 1990. The label also operates a subsidiary, Cornerstone R.A.S. The record label originally produced records for Sublime and The Ziggens. The label also produces records for Long Beach Dub Allstars, Long Beach Shortbus, and Burn Unit. On September 16, 2009, Suburban Noize Records purchased Skunk Records and its catalog for an undisclosed sum.


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