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20 Years of Classic Photos

We tell ourselves we know them. We have the albums, the T-shirts, the clippings, the ticket stubs. But what truths can we really hold when it comes to our icons?

clippings, the ticket stubs. But what truths can we really hold when itcomes to our icons?

Even the most skilled rock journalist will onlydivine what a cornered musician wishes to reveal during the course of acarefully arranged and negotiated sit-down. It’s in the photographs,however, that we begin to get a deeper understanding. Here, we see thethings that artists can’t completely mask. In this collection oftimeless portraits from the pages of Spin — a special sectionthat kicks off our 20th-anniversary year – Beck appears quizzical andprobably is; Marilyn Manson looks demented and probably isn’t; Chuck Dseems furious, but look closer and there’s some worry too; and KurtCobain is, for a moment, at least, content. Each of these photographsreveals something uncontrollable, and something dangerously true, aboutthe artists who’ve made the last 20 yeas of rock’n’roll so exciting.Every picture indeed tells a story – only sometimes it’s not the one wewere expecting.

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