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.
Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged ballads are like fogged-up windows — bleary enough to indicate the bleakness inside, but only its vaguest outlines. There’s suggestion of something heartbreaking, but its true shape remains occluded, unobtainable,… More »