This month Chronicle Books, SPIN's sister company, released Instrument, a photo book by Pat Graham that examines the relationship between artists and their music-makers. SPIN contributor Graham has been working on the project for more than a decade, photographing musicians in action with their go-to guitars, drums, keyboards, and more while collecting the personal stories behind each one.
Check out photos and read the tales behind 10 instruments owned by Kurt Cobain, Stephen Malkmus, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, and more.
Buy Instrument at Chronicle Books right here.
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »