RIP

This is fucking awful news, people.

John Dudeck, the founder and owner of Very Distro who was ill for more than two years, has died.

In the 1990s, I ordered dozens of items from Very, spending thousands. In those early days, John would often send a hand-written note with the orders.

He had been in and out of hospitals the last two years. We’re not sure what killed him, but he is dead.

Anyone who knows him will tell you he was a righteous dude. He will be missed.

John also ran Edison Recordings, which released a handful of albums from such seminal artists as Starkweather, Overcast, Coalesce, and Disembodied.

Several metal and hardcore dudes have spoken out since learning of Dudeck’s death.

“You were a great friend and true brother to me,” writes Killswitch Engage’s Mike D’Antonio.

“Whether it was turning me on to ECW, putting out the Overcast records, or just chatting on the phone, you were an honest to goodness stand up guy. The world is short one less awesome dude today.”

Agreed.