SPIN Classics

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

R.E.M.: SPIN’s 1991 ‘Out of Time’ Cover Story, ‘Going for Baroque’

This story was originally published in the March 1991 issue of SPIN. In honor of SPIN's 30th anniversary, we've republished this piece as part of…

Amy Winehouse: SPIN’s 2007 Cover Story, ‘Lady Sings the Blues’

The following remembrance was written in the days following Amy Winehouse's death on July 23, 2011. To mark the anniversary of her passing, we've republished this…
Steve Kandell / July 23, 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

The Rebirth of Cool: SPIN’s 2003 Strokes Cover Story

They were edgy and rattled about what was happening to them. The fantasy came true. Real fame after handing out flyers and playing…
Marc Spitz / June 18, 2015

Ike’s Story: SPIN’s 1985 Feature on Ike Turner

In the very early days, right after we launched the magazine, and as the reality set in we had to do this every…
Edward Kiersh / June 11, 2015

Music As Torture: War Is Loud

[This story was originally published in the December 2006 issue of SPIN. In honor of SPIN’s 30th anniversary, we’ve republished this piece as part of our…
David Peisner / November 30, 2006