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Christopher Scott Kannberg (born August 30, 1966), known professionally as Scott Kannberg and Spiral Stairs, is a musician best known for being a founding member of the indie-rock band Pavement. He also headed the band Preston School of Industry, and has been a solo artist.

Scott Kannberg
Birth nameChristopher Scott Kannberg[1]
Also known asSpiral Stairs
Born (1966-08-30) August 30, 1966 (age 52)
Stockton, California[1]
GenresIndie rock
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, bass guitar
LabelsMatador Records, Domino Recording Company, Drag City
Associated actsPavement, Preston School of Industry
WebsiteSpiral website



Kannberg was a childhood friend of Stephen Malkmus, both of them growing up in Stockton, California. Together they would form the band Pavement under the pseudonyms "Spiral Stairs" and "SM", respectively. Kannberg wrote and sang lead vocals on several Pavement songs, including "Painted Soldiers", "Hit the Plane Down", "Kennel District", "Date With IKEA", and "Passat Dream". After Pavement disbanded he formed a new band called Preston School of Industry on Matador Records. The band released an EP and two albums, but became inactive in 2004.

He released his first solo album in 2009.


With PavementEdit

See Pavement discography.

With Preston School of IndustryEdit

Solo (as 'Spiral Stairs')Edit


  1. ^ a b Free Family Tree, Genealogy and Family History - MyHeritage. Retrieved on 2017-04-12.

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