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.
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »