SPIN 35

The Most Influential Artists: #8 R.E.M.

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #8. From Athens,…
Bobby Olivier / November 29, 2020

SPIN 35 How U2’s Concert in War Torn Sarajevo Came About

This past September 23rd was the 23rd Anniversary of one of the most famous and truly meaningful rock concerts ever staged: U2 playing Sarajevo, soon…
Bob Guccione Jr / November 28, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #9 Public Enemy

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #9. From Long Island, New…
Raymond Cummings / November 28, 2020

The SPIN Interview: The Dalai Lama

This interview originally appeared in the April 1994 issue of SPIN. The Dalai Lama, since 1950, has inspired worldwide devotion as the spiritual leader…
Dan Reed and Bob Guccione Jr. / November 27, 2020

John Mellencamp: American Son

"Hello, Liza. This is John Mellencamp. What do you want to talk about?" It’s a cold, cloudy East Coast afternoon, and, for so many reasons,…
Liza Lentini / November 26, 2020

The Making of Curtis Waters

"Dad's coat," one bubble reads. "Brother's shirt, Mom's pants," read little arrows, tracing the origins of the tuxedo flailing across the screen. The belt, however,…
Tomas Pacheco / November 25, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #12 Beastie Boys

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #12. From New York City,…
Daniel Kohn / November 25, 2020

Love and the Muse

Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love, 2019, 1 hour 42 minutes. Directed by Nick Broomfield. "Dearest Marianne," Leonard Cohen writes to Marianne…
Helen Mitsios / November 24, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #13 Dr. Dre

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #13. From Compton, California, here…
Max Bell / November 24, 2020

The 35 Most Excellent Movies of the Last 35 Years

It’s that film that shook up the genre or trail-blazed a new one. Or maybe its uniqueness defies definition. These movies didn’t always do great…
Liza Lentini / November 23, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #14 U2

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #14. From Dublin, Ireland here…
Ryan Reed / November 23, 2020

AC/DC Flick the Switch on Power Up

The elephant in the room has a name: Axl Rose. AC/DC singer Brian Johnson’s actual room is illuminated…
Katherine Turman / November 22, 2020

Dear Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Induct the Go-Go’s Already!

Dear RRHOF (and anyone else who overlooked The Go-Go’s), Once upon a time in L.A.’s late-'70s punk scene, a bunch of young women…
Liza Lentini / November 21, 2020

The Struggle for DIY: The Resilience of Marginalized Groups During the Pandemic

When the U.S. went into an economic shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 earlier this year, Shawna Shawnté — an Oakland musician and community…
Stephanie Mendez / November 20, 2020

Common’s Mission for Peace in America

Most celebrity interviews I’ve conducted usually included the runaround from publicists of their client’s ultra-small window of availability. When it came to interviewing Common, he…
Jason Stahl / November 20, 2020
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