(Bradley James Nowell * February 22-1968- May 25-1996)
Since I began my work as a photojournalist in ’94, I’ve come into contact with many people in the public eye. Bradley Nowell was definitely one of the people who made my work a pleasure, and it was with great sadness when I heard about his untimely passing.
I had the great experience of meeting Bradley Nowell at the KROQ Weenie Roast in 1995. He was a perfect gentleman, and I definitely got the impression that he was a regular, down-to-earth guy who hadn’t let success go to his head. Not long after our first encounter, I ran into him again at a punk show. He wrote down his number on a pad of paper for me, we had talked about doing an interview.
I can only hope that in an industry of attitudes and egos, more of its players will take a cue from Brad, and treat their fans and colleagues with respect and charm. It’s been 25 years since Bradley Nowell passed, to honor the memory of Bradley, and his legacy I wanted to share some of these never-before-seen photographs from my private collection for real Sublime fans and those who knew and loved Bradley. Keep his memory and his music alive!