Bradley Nowell

Ska, Guitarist

1968 – 1996

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Who was Bradley Nowell?

Bradley James Nowell was an American musician who served as the founder, 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.

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Born
Feb 22, 1968
Belmont Shore
Also known as
  • Bradley James Nowell
  • Brad
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Nationality
  • United States of America
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Education
  • Woodrow Wilson Classical High School
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
Died
May 25, 1996
San Francisco

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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