1980s

Revisit Our September 1987 LL Cool J Bigger and Deffer Feature: Def Not Dumb

The room is filled with young, black rappers. I sniff around for the old familiar rock ‘n’ roll smells—beer, sweat, and weed—but all I get…
Annette Stark / July 24, 2017

Revisit Our 1988 Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction Profile

Guns N' Roses' debut album Appetite for Destruction was released July 21, 1987. In honor of the album turning 30, we've digitized this profile, which originally ran in the January 1988…
Barracuda / July 21, 2017

Northwest of Hell: Spin’s 1989 Soundgarden Profile

Chris Cornell, former frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, passed away May 17, 2017 in Detroit at the age of 52. In light of his passing, we are republishing…
Michael Corcoran / May 18, 2017

Hell Raisin’

This is Mom's Place, a combination Jamaican restaurant/car service/pool hall on Hollis Avenue and 200th Street in Hollis, Queens, the middle-class black neighborhood where the…
John Leland / May 15, 2017

The Glamorous Life of Al Yankovic

The first time Al Yankovic hears Dr. Demento, it's like Bela Lugosi finding Boris Karloff. The doctor has been practicing weirdness for many years as…
Harold Conrad / April 14, 2017

U2: Glory Days

Colin Irwin's feature on U2's album The Joshua Tree first ran in the June 1987 issue of Spin. In honor of the album's 30th anniversary, we're republishing…
Colin Irwin / March 9, 2017

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
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