SPIN IS IMPERFECT. IT’S ROUGH-
EDGED, RESTLESS, INSATIABLY
CURIOUS. A LITTLE AGGRESSIVE, A LITTLE COCKY.
In 1985, SPIN launched with a self-deprecating but sincere introduction from founder Bob Guccione Jr. “The world needs a lot of things before it needs more magazines,” he wrote. “However, I thought a lot of people might want SPIN, including myself.” And he was right. Over the past three-plus decades, SPIN has proven that even in the face of paradigm shifts in the media and music industries — the decline of print, the record business bust, our in-house changes — there is no shortage of people longing to read features, interviews and more from writers “with real excitement about music.”
The following comes from a mission statement that appeared in the inaugural issue of SPIN. It means as much to this current staff as it did to the original writers and editors.
A confession: SPIN is imperfect. It’s rough-edged, restless, insatiably curious. A little aggressive, a little cocky. Youthfully uncompromising, but maturely flexible. Romantic — definitely! Irreverent — sure! Unpredictable — yes. Very alive.
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