The official book celebrating the 25th anniversary of SPIN magazine
From its first issue in 1985, SPIN has cultivated a reputation for brilliant writing and broad musical coverage, including genres and artists long abandoned by its competitors. From punk to electronica, goth to gangsta rap, emo to garage rock, and hip-hop to indie rock, SPIN has covered it all and featured interviews with leading artists through every musical wave of the last 25 years.
SPIN: Greatest Hits brings together some of the classic stories that have appeared in the magazine, each with a new introduction by the author offering historical perspective on the article.
- Compiles the best articles from well-known writers such as Chuck Klosterman, Jonathan Ames, Elizabeth Gilbert, and David Hajdu
- Features the best SPIN interviews with Lou Reed, Noel Gallagher, Chuck D, and other influential musicians
- Includes hilarious sidebars such as "Six Extreme Metal Bands That Could Be Mistaken for Flavors of Herbal Tea," "Six Misguided Attempts to Falsify Rock History," and more
Packed with great writing and information spanning a quarter-century of iconic music and musicians, SPIN: Greatest Hits is an essential keepsake for music fans and lovers of pop culture.
About the Author
Doug Brod is editor in chief of SPIN magazine. Formerly a senior editor at Entertainment Weekly, he has written for the Village Voice and the Hollywood Reporter. He also contributed to SPIN: 20 Years of Alternative Music.
Foreword by Tom Morello.
Introduction by Doug Brod.
SIDE 1 A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.
1. 6,557 Miles to Nowhere (CHUCK KLOSTERMAN).
Revisiting the sites of rock'n'roll departures.
2. Hands on a Hardbody (DAVID HAJDU).
Fetishizing one's first guitar.
3. Summer of '69 (MIKE RUBIN).
Exploring the cultural battle between Charles Manson and Woodstock.
4. My Bloody Valentine (DANA ADAM SHAPIRO).
Breaking up with a letter composed of lyrics from 69 breakup songs.
REVIEW: Rob Sheffi eld on Morrissey's Vauxhall and I.
SIDE 2 REBEL YELL.
5. Chinese Water Torture (ELIZABETH GILBERT).
Visiting the Yangtze River's controversial Three Gorges Dam.
6. War Is Loud (DAVID PEISNER).
Investigating the U.S. military's use of music as an instrument of torture.
7. Fearless Bouncers, Critical Beat-Downs, and Insane Posses at America's Craziest Club (CHRIS NORRIS).
Enjoying Detroit's alarming nightlife'
8. Red, Hot, and Bothered (RJ SMITH).
Moshing with Rage Against the Machine in Moscow.
REVIEW: Ann Powers on Sleater-Kinney's Dig Me Out.
SIDE 3 THE OUTSIDERS.
9. Middle-American Gothic (JONATHAN AMES).
Being odd man out at a Midwest goth festival.
10. School's Out (TOM SINCLAIR).
Remembering New York City's real rock'n'roll high school.
11. The Art of the Hustle (CHARLES AARON).
Pounding the pavement with rock's hungriest band.
REVIEW: Sasha Frere-Jones on Run-D.M.C.'s
SIDE 4 THE RIGHT PROFILE.
12. Let Us Now Praise Women Uncaged (DAVE EGGERS).
Extolling the virtues of Joanna Newsom and Karen O.
13. Lady Sings the Blues (STEVE KANDELL).
Avoiding rehab with Amy Winehouse.
14. The Rebirth of Cool (MARC SPITZ).
Introducing the Strokes.
15. Bruce's Transparent Dogshit (RICHARD MELTZER).
Dissecting the Boss.
REVIEW: Terri Sutton on Foo Fighters' debut.
SIDE 5 VOICES CARRY.
16. Don't Look Back in Anger (DOUG BROD).
Chatting with Oasis' Noel Gallagher'
17. Street Hassle (DAVID MARCHESE).
Surviving Lou Reed.
18. Armageddon in Effect (JOHN LELAND).
Confronting Chuck D.
19. Dearly Beloved (BRIAN RAFTERY).
Presenting an oral history of Prince's Purple Rain.
REVIEW: Sia Michel on DJ Shadow's.
Endtroducing. . . . .