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Eddie Vedder Breaks His Silence: Our 1995 Pearl Jam Cover Story

This article originally appeared in the January 1995 issue of SPIN. We’re republishing it in celebration of Vitalogy’s 25th anniversary. “Everything has changed / Absolutely nothing’s changed” —Pearl Jam, “Corduroy,” from Vitalogy “I feel like throwing my sleeping bag into the truck and just driving.” As dusk settles on the Saturday evening before Halloween, Eddie Vedder is on...

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Neil Young: Our 1993 Artist of the Year

This story originally appeared in SPIN’s January 1994 issue. In honor of Young’s birthday, we’ve digitized it below. Neil Young and I were talking in the deserted parking lot of the Mountain House, a restaurant on Skyline Boulevard in the mountains above Stanford University, near La Honda, where Young lives. Although I’d driven down from...

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How Bush’s Gavin Rossdale Beat Back the Kurt Cobain Comparisons

This story originally appeared in the December 1996 issue of SPIN. We’re republishing it in honor of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale’s birthday. Bush aren’t famous. Well, at least not here in their native England. Anonymity, however, does have its benefits. Outside London’s famed Abbey Road studios, for instance. where the band are putting the finishing touches...

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The 35 Greatest Rock and Roll TV Moments Before the ’90s

A version of this article originally appeared in the August 1990 issue of SPIN. 1. January 28, 1956:Elvis Presley appeared on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. Quincy Jones: “If you want to know the exact moment that rock’n’roll started, it was right then.” 2. April 3, 1956:Elvis Presley appeared on The Milton Berle Show. Filmed aboard...

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Smashing Pumpkins’ Pisces Iscariot Is Thrill-Free for Casual Listeners

This review of Pisces Iscariot originally appeared in the November 1994 issue of SPIN. We’re republishing it in honor of the album’s 25th anniversary on October 4. Rating: Whoa! Slow down, pal! This album is pretty good, but you can’t buy everything in the store. Can you? As a source of possibly unintended hilarity, Great Pumpkin Billy Corgan rarely...

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The Cranberries’ No Need to Argue Hits the G-Spot With a Few Songs

This review of ‘No Need to Argue’ originally appeared in the November 1994 issue of SPIN. In celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary on October 3, we are republishing it now. Rating: Whoa! Slow down, pal! This album is pretty good, but you can’t buy everything in the store. Can you? Oh, Dolores. Was ever a singer more...

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The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs: The 1999 SPIN Review

This review originally appeared in the October 1999 issue of SPIN. In honor of the album’s 20th anniversary, we’re republishing it here. Years in the making and spanning three CDs, this masterwork by Stephin Merritt (whose other projects include The 6ths and Future Bible Heroes) is exactly what it’s billed as; art about the most personal...

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Mobb Deep’s Murda Muzik: The 1999 SPIN Review

This review originally appeared in the November 1999 issue of SPIN. In honor of the album’s 20th anniversary, we’re republishing it here. “Take these words home and think it through / Or the next rhyme I wrote might be about you.” It’s MC menace at it’s most succinct: Why show the chrome when a well-phrased rhyme...

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Jane’s Addiction: SPIN’s 1991 Cover Story

This article originally appeared in the June 1991 issue of SPIN. Jane’s Addiction walks out and begins “Up the Beach,” the opening track from Nothing’s Shocking, the band’s second album. The lean, bare torsos of Dave Navarro and Eric Avery are shining softly; their heads down, hung with guitars—radiating heat in an Amsterdam club called Paradiso....

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Boyz N the Hood: SPIN’s 1991 John Singleton Interview, ‘Boyz on Film’

This article originally appeared in the August 1991 issue of SPIN. John Singleton’s like a kid in a candy store. The neophyte auteur is stalking a Los Angeles mall with a sense of purpose. “I got to have that,” he mutters at frequent intervals, filling his shopping cart with copies of Jaws, Annie Hall, the...

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