Best of SPIN

David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Joey Ramone, and More Remember Nirvana

Nirvana's brief but brilliant body of work inspired fevered devotion not just in its fans, but in the band's peers. Here, in SPIN's 1995 article,…
SPIN Staff / April 3, 2014

Nirvana: Read SPIN’s 1994 Kurt Cobain Eulogy, ‘Grain of the Voice’

(This piece was originally published in the June 1994 issue of SPIN.) In John Lydon's autobiography, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, he…
Dennis Cooper / April 3, 2014

Nirvana: Read SPIN’s 1994 Essay on Kurt Cobain’s Punk Ethics, ‘Revolutionary Debris’

(This piece was originally published in the June 1994 issue of SPIN.) I still prefer to believe that Kurt Cobain's life was saved…
Eric Weisbard / April 3, 2014

Nirvana: Read SPIN’s 1994 Essay on Kurt Cobain’s Rise, ‘Out of the Blue’

(This piece was originally published in the June 1994 issue of SPIN.) "'I don't have the passion anymore,'" sobbed the recorded voice of…
Jonathan Gold / April 3, 2014

Read Charles Aaron’s May 2010 ‘Scenes From a Marriage,’ Celebrating SPIN’s 25th Anniversary

I've been working at SPIN since fax machines were indispensable and phone conversations were unavoidable; and my tangential relationship with the magazine goes back to…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Charles Aaron’s Greatest Hits

Last week marked the first that SPIN has been without Charles Aaron editing and galvanizing its pages full-time since 1998 — it wouldn't be maudlin to say…
SPIN Staff / February 11, 2014

The R.E.M. Method and Other Rites of Passage

Athens, Georgia, 1985. The acid had lost its come-hither bouquet and the speed had snapped everyone's nerves like twigs. The run-down Victorians weren't such a steal…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Drums and Wires: Read SPIN’s 1996 Report on Rock’s Dawning Electronic-Music Obsession

San Bernardino National Forest, just like I pictured it — no skyscrapers, everything. But most of the 6,300 kids of all ages attending "Organic" June…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

‘Sir Real’: Read SPIN’s 1993 Profile of Snoop Doggy Dogg

(This article originally appeared in the October 1993 issue of SPIN.)The recording of one of the most anticipated albums in hip-hop history was inching along…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

What the White Boy Means When He Says Yo

In July of 1998, the future of youth culture was chillin' in the parking lot of a hip-hop concert in suburban New Jersey. Smokin' Grooves,…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Rap-Rock: From ‘Punk Rock Rap’ to Mook Nation

Back in the 1970s, when Afrika Bambaataa dropped the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" into his DJ set at, say, the Bronx River Community Center,…
Charles Aaron / February 11, 2014

Aceyalone’s ‘All Balls Don’t Bounce’: Read SPIN’s 1995 Review

Sure, hip-hop is powerful stuff, capable of a mystical arm-twist or two, if the beats and rhymes and identities are properly aligned. But so is…
Charles Aaron / February 10, 2014

SPIN’s Complete Covers Gallery: The 2000s to Today

To celebrate SPIN's 28th birthday, we'll be looking back at all our covers, from the Herb Ritts-shot Madonna image that appeared on our very first…
SPIN Staff / July 2, 2013

SPIN’s Complete Covers Gallery: The 1990s

To celebrate SPIN's 28th birthday, we'll be looking back at all our covers, from the Herb Ritts-shot Madonna image that appeared on our very first…
SPIN Staff / May 7, 2013

SPIN’s Complete Covers Gallery: The 1980s

In 1985, the first issue of SPIN arrived with the following statement of purpose from founder Bob Guccione Jr.:…
SPIN Staff / March 26, 2013