1980s

Atlanta Child Murders: SPIN’s 1986 Feature, ‘A Question of Justice’

In late 1985, one of our editors, Rudy Langlais, stopped by my office one evening on his way home and casually said: "Would you be…

AIDS and the AZT Scandal: SPIN’s 1989 Feature, ‘Sins of Omission’

At the end of 1989, two years after we had started the highly controversial AIDS column in SPIN, we published an article by Celia Farber…
Celia Farber / October 5, 2015

Inside Tiananmen, the ‘Gateway to Heavenly Peace’: SPIN’s 1989 Feature

Just a few months before the world so radically and unimaginably changed with the opening of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Soviet Communism,…
Mikali Myron / August 28, 2015

Crack, a Tiffany Drug at Woolworth Prices: SPIN’s 1986 Feature

In the late fall of 1985, one of my editors, Rudy Langlais, came to me and said he had a remarkable young writer, Barry Michael…
Barry Michael Cooper / August 13, 2015

Live Aid: SPIN’s 1986 Investigation Into Relief Aid Abuse, ‘Sympathy for the Devil’

This story was originally published in the September 1986 issue of SPIN, following an exposé on Live Aid's real effect on Ethiopia, which ran in the…
Robert Keating / July 17, 2015

Live Aid: Bob Geldof’s Original Response to SPIN’s 1986 Exposé

[This piece was originally published in the August 1986 issue of SPIN, one month after our exposé, "Live Aid: The Terrible Truth." This week marked…
SPIN Staff / July 15, 2015

Live Aid: The Terrible Truth

One night at dinner in late 1985, a friend talked about Ethiopia being in a civil war. Neither I nor anyone else at the table had…
SPIN Staff / July 13, 2015

What the Boss’ Blues Shouting Means for the Young Folk of America

This is the Final Part of SPIN's November 1985 cover story on Bruce Springsteen. (Check out the others, by Glenn O'Brien, Richard Meltzer, and Tama Janowitz, respectively.)…
Amiri Baraka / July 9, 2015

No Excuse for Bruce After Punk

This is Part Three of SPIN's November 1985 cover story on Bruce Springsteen. (Check out the others, by Tama Janowitz, Glenn O'Brien, and Amiri Baraka, respectively.)…
Richard Meltzer / July 9, 2015

‘Oh No, You Too?’: Convincing Myself, In Favor of the Odds, to Like Bruce Springsteen

This is Part Two of SPIN's November 1985 cover story on Bruce Springsteen. (Check out the others, by Tama Janowitz, Richard Meltzer, and Amiri Baraka, respectively.)…
Glenn O'Brien / July 9, 2015

SPIN’s 1985 Cover Story: Confessions of a Number One Bruce Springsteen Groupie

This is is Part One of SPIN’s November 1985 cover story on Bruce Springsteen. (Check out the others, by Glenn O'Brien, Richard Meltzer, and Amiri Baraka, respectively.)…
Tama Janowitz / July 9, 2015

Ike’s Story: SPIN’s 1985 Feature on Ike Turner

In the very early days, right after we launched the magazine, and as the reality set in we had to do this every…
Edward Kiersh / June 11, 2015

Madonna: The 1985 ‘Like a Virgin’ Cover Story

[This bulleted interview was originally published in the May 1985 issue of SPIN, which hit newsstands on March 19, 1985.]…
Scott Cohen / November 12, 2014

Michael Jackson’s 1987 SPIN Cover: ‘The Pressure to Beat It’

It is October 1986, and Michael Jackson is holed up in a West Hollywood recording studio trying to complete the follow-up to Thriller, the best-selling…
Quincy Troupe / June 25, 2014