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.
Ask John Lydon: Anger is an energy, but disco is a weapon. Like so many other first-wave punks and post-punks — Wire, Joy Division, the Clash and Blondie, just to name a handful — Johnny Rotten eventually discovered that setting his shredding guitars and caterwauling vocals to a dance-floor thump gave his music a power… More »