Susie Tennant, a former Geffen Data govt who performed a serious function within the rise of Nirvana, died on Jan. 18 at her West Seattle residence after a number of years residing with frontotemporal dementia, a progressive neurological dysfunction, her household confirmed. She was 61.
Born in Germany and raised everywhere in the world as an “military brat,” Tennant moved to Seattle to attend the College of Washington and performed a distinguished function within the metropolis’s fast-rising music scene of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. She was Geffen’s Northwest radio promotion rep on the time Nirvana signed with the label and was a key participant within the launch of their galvanizing 1991 album “Nevermind,” which has offered greater than 30 million copies worldwide.
“Susie was their actual champion in Seattle as a result of she was the native rep, and he or she had an excellent relationship with Kurt [Cobain] — I feel he was crashing on her couch for some time,” former Geffen exec Ray Farrell informed Selection in 2021. “She was very candy and really enthusiastic and I feel her coronary heart was actually with them. Every little thing was altering due to them, and this was her band.”
“Susie actually rallied Seattle for them,” her fellow Geffen radio exec John Rosenfelder recalled. “Nirvana had been really much more indie than many of the different Seattle bands [like Soundgarden and Pearl Jam], and other people there might have been like, ‘Oh, major-label sellouts’ — however they didn’t, and he or she had lots to do with that.”
Former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic stated in an announcement to the Seattle Occasions, “We liked Susie an amazing deal, and he or she might be missed.”
Geffen was one of many primary proponents of the alternative-rock wave of the Nineteen Nineties and Tennant labored intently with many of the label’s acts of the time, together with Sonic Youth, Gap, Weezer, Beck, Teenage Fanclub and plenty of others. Over the course of her profession she additionally held roles at Tower Data, the Sub Pop label, Expertise Music Mission (now MoPOP), KEXP, BMG Music, City Corridor Seattle, and the Vera Mission — an all-ages nonprofit house devoted to neighborhood transformation via youth-driven engagement in music and artwork.
Tennant was additionally deeply concerned in native colleges and neighborhood work, together with Music for Marriage Equality, which performed a pivotal function in legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington state, and co-founding the Girls Who Lunch affinity group for a whole lot of ladies professionals within the music and leisure trade.
She is survived by her husband, Christopher Swenson, daughter Ella and son Eli.
Financial remembrances could be made in her title to Seattle Musicians Entry to Sustainable Healthcare Susie Tennant Memorial Fund, Seattle Musicians for Kids’s Hospital, MusiCares, The Affiliation for Frontotemporal Degeneration or the College of Washington’s Mind Growing old and Dementia Analysis within the Mind Lab Fund, the place Tennant made a legacy donation of her mind for analysis.
A public celebration of her life might be introduced at a future date.