SPIN: Greatest Hits: 25 Years of Heretics, Heroes, and the New Rock 'n' Roll

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 1, 2010 - Music - 272 pages
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The official book celebrating the 25th anniversary of SPIN magazine

From its first issue in 1985, SPIN has cultivated a reputation for brilliant writing and broad musical coverage, including genres and artists long abandoned by its competitors. From punk to electronica, goth to gangsta rap, emo to garage rock, and hip-hop to indie rock, SPIN has covered it all and featured interviews with leading artists through every musical wave of the last 25 years.

SPIN: Greatest Hits brings together some of the classic stories that have appeared in the magazine, each with a new introduction by the author offering historical perspective on the article.

  • Compiles the best articles from well-known writers such as Chuck Klosterman, Jonathan Ames, Elizabeth Gilbert, and David Hajdu
  • Features the best SPIN interviews with Lou Reed, Noel Gallagher, Chuck D, and other influential musicians
  • Includes hilarious sidebars such as "Six Extreme Metal Bands That Could Be Mistaken for Flavors of Herbal Tea," "Six Misguided Attempts to Falsify Rock History," and more

Packed with great writing and information spanning a quarter-century of iconic music and musicians, SPIN: Greatest Hits is an essential keepsake for music fans and lovers of pop culture.

 

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Elizabeth Gilbert's story about the damming of the Yangtze River - included in Spin's greatest hits - is one of my all-time favorite pieces of writing. Hilarious, irreverent and ballsy. I first read it in the Utne Reader when I was just out of journalism school, and she was my idol. When I made the connection, decades later, that she was the author of "Eat, Pray, Love" I was thrilled to know she had much more of her work out there. 

Contents

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
5
Hands on a Hardbody
24
My Bloody Valentine
45
Rob Sheffield on Morrisseys
53
Chinese Water Torture
59
War Is Loud
79
Fearless Bouncers Critical BeatDowns
95
Red Hot and Bothered
108
THE RIGHT PROFILE
167
Lady Sings the Blues
177
The Rebirth of Cool
190
Bruces Transparent Dogshit
203
Terri Sutton on Foo Fighters debut
209
Dont Look Back in Anger
215
Street Hassle
223
Armageddon in Effect
233

Ann Powers on SleaterKinneys
125
MiddleAmerican Gothic
131
Schools Out
141
The Art of the Hustle
152
Sasha FrereJones on RunD M C s
165
Dearly Beloved
248
Sia Michel on DJ Shadows
269
Credits
275
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About the author (2010)

Doug Brod is editor in chief of SPIN magazine. Formerly a senior editor at Entertainment Weekly, he has written for the Village Voice and the Hollywood Reporter. He also contributed to SPIN: 20 Years of Alternative Music.

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