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Spinal Tap to Reunite for Democrats in Pennsylvania Fundraiser

The Tap is back. A few weeks after settling a years-long lawsuit with Vivendi and its subsidiary StudioCanal, the This Is Spinal Tap cast will reunite…
Daniel Kohn / October 1, 2020

This Is Spinal Tap Creators Reach Settlement With StudioCanal in Fraud Lawsuit

This is Spinal Tap creators Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean have reached a settlement with Vivendi and its subsidiary StudioCanal after initially…
Katrina Nattress / September 19, 2020

The 40 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

This article originally appeared in the September 2002 issue of SPIN. From Black Sabbath to Korn, here is the definitive list of records…
SPIN Staff / October 30, 2019

Harry Shearer’s Spinal Tap Character Is Releasing a Classic Rock Album

Harry Shearer is releasing an album under the moniker of his This Is Spinal Tap character, bassist Derek Smalls. The album, Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing), will…
Drew Salisbury / January 17, 2018

Harry Shearer Files $125 Million Lawsuit Over Allegedly Fradulent Spinal Tap Accounting

Actor and writer Harry Shearer has filed a $125 million lawsuit against Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music Group and Studiocanal, over allegedly fraudulent accounting…
Taylor Berman / October 18, 2016

The 50 Best Fictional Songs of All Time

Writing a real song is easy; writing a fake song is hard. The fictional song has undergone something of a renaissance recently, thanks largely to…
SPIN Staff / September 22, 2015

Back to the Sex Farm? Spinal Tap May Return in 2014

Mayeth the greatest rock and roll band of all time tap into America yet again? According to Mr. Nigel Tufnel himself, a.k.a. actor and director…
Dan Reilly / July 22, 2013

‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Vinyl Reissue Goes Up to 11 (Tracks)

On June 11, Black Sabbath will issue 13, their first album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years, but that unholy day also marks the return…
Kyle McGovern / May 10, 2013

Spinal Tap: Is the Joke Finally Over?

SPIN has made no secret of its reverence for a certain iconic film currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Yet for all the accolades, Purple Rain…
Steve Kandell / August 17, 2009